The prosperity of IEEE 802.11-based Wi-Fi networks aggravates cross-technology interference to IEEE 802.15.4-enabled ZigBee networks widely deployed to enable various Internet-of-Things applications. To make ZigBee communication reliable and robust even in a dense Wi-Fi environment, taming Wi-Fi interference in ZigBee networks especially from the perspective of physical layer is of paramount importance. In this context, this work takes aim to design a novel Wi-Fi interference-resilient ZigBee decoder called PolarScout, which separates collided ZigBee signal samples out of Wi-Fi interference to bootstrap ZigBee data decoding. Unlike several existing solutions which need clear signal preamble, tremendous signal strength difference between ZigBee and Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi interference recognition in prior to ZigBee decoding, PolarScout aims at direct ZigBee decoding in a more generic and challenging case where Wi-Fi interference features a wide range of power levels and arises within a ZigBee packet at an arbitrary position. At the heart of PolarScout lies a subtle shell-shaping technique which harnesses a customized sample sequence to smooth the shell of corrupted signal samples. PolarScout then refers to the resulting shell to recover each contaminated ZigBee sample. Experimental results validate the superiority of PolarScout and its resilience to a wide range of Wi-Fi interference types.
- cross-technology interference
- physical layer
- wireless coexistence
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Science Applications
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering