Recent research on physical layer cross technology communication (PHY-CTC) brings a timely answer for escalated wireless coexistence and open spectrum movement. PHY-CTC achieves direct communication among heterogeneous wireless technologies (e.g.,WiFi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee) in physical layer and thus brings communication support for coexistence service such as spectrum management and IoT device control. To put PHY-CTC into service, however, there still exists a gap due to its transmission failure and asymmetric link (i.e., one-way PHY-CTC) issues. In this paper, we propose NetCTC - the first networking support design for PHY-CTC to establish feedbacks (e.g., ACKs) and thus meet the upper layer networking requirements in heterogeneous unicast, multicast and broadcast. The core design of NetCTC is a real-time interaction mechanism which achieves reliable, transmission efficient and concurrent interactive communication among heterogeneous devices. We implement and evaluate NetCTC on commodity devices and the USRP-N210 platform. Our extensive evaluation demonstrates that NetCTC achieves reliable bidirectional cross technology communication under a full range of wireless configurations including stationary, mobile and duty-cycled settings.
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This work was supported in part by the China National Key R&D Program 2018YFB2100300, 2017YFB1003000, BK20190336, the US National Science Foundation under grants CNS-1525235, CNS-1444021 and National Science Foundation China under grants 6167219. A conference paper  containing preliminary results of this paper appeared in IEEE ICNP 2018.
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- Networking support
- heterogeneous coexistence