A comprehensive survey on multichannel routing in wireless sensor networks

Waqas Rehan, Stefan Fischer, Maaz Rehan, Mubashir Husain Rehmani

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Multi-channel based routing approach may utilize more than one channel for communication and has the ability to provide high performance by more rigorously countering interference, collisions and re-transmissions than the single-channel routing methodology. This research work aims to establish guidelines for future research and development in the area of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) based on the critical analysis of the prevalent multi-channel based routing protocols for WSNs. Due to extensive ongoing research in this domain, a significant number of multi-channel routing strategies have been presented which need to be discussed. To explore, this work not only reviews a variety of single/multi-path and single/multi-radio multichannel routing protocols for WSNs under a novel taxonomy, but also outlines their relevant pros and cons. In order to help design new multi-channel routing strategies for WSNs, an insightful review on the applications, current design issues and associated challenges of multichannel routing in WSNs are in-depth scrutinized. Towards the end, some prospect trends are put forth regarding multi-channel routing for WSNs which may provide a road map for future investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Network and Computer Applications
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive radio wireless sensor networks
  • Micro-electro-mechanical systems
  • Multi-channel
  • Multi-path multi-channel
  • Multi-radio multi-channel
  • Routing
  • Wireless sensor networks


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