An investigation into HFC MAC protocols: Mechanisms, implementation, and research issues

@article{Lin2000AnII,
  title={An investigation into HFC MAC protocols: Mechanisms, implementation, and research issues},
  author={Ying-Dar Lin and Wei-Ming Yin and Chen-Yu Huang},
  journal={IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials},
  year={2000},
  volume={3},
  pages={2-13}
}
This study comprehensively reviews two HFC MAC protocols: Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) and IEEE 802.14a. DOCSIS was approved by the ITU as a standard and is supported by many vendors. However, IEEE 802.14a remains a draft due to the delayed standardization process. After briefly introducing the features of HFC networks, the basic operations and mechanisms of these two MAC protocols are then examined. Both standards view an upstream channel as a stream of minislots… CONTINUE READING