Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 74, Issue 3, pp 1021–1032 | Cite as

Software-Based Management for Ethernet Networks

  • Markus Hager
  • Thomas Finke
  • Jochen Seitz
  • Thomas Waas


An adequate network management is an essential part for each network permitting to keep the network performance at a suitable level. In this paper, we present our work focusing on an Ethernet network which is used as background interconnection technology for a smart home system in large buildings like tenements or an office block. In this case the network is larger and especially the applications are quite heterogeneous as compared to a private smart home system. Therefore, it is hard to supply a fair and quality of service aware network meeting all the demands. This is especially challenging in the case of an Ethernet network because this technology was intended to use it as a transparent connection system without the feature to support hard quality of service. We present how this problem could be solved by a middleware which best meets the special requirement of the mentioned use case. Finally, we discuss possible design improvements of this solution and present the recent Ethernet standards that could help solve this problem in an alternative way.


Network management Ethernet Congestion Middleware 



The authors would like to thank the administration and members of “Thueringer Innovationszentrum Mobilitaet” (ThIMo) and the group of researchers “Powertrain - Radio Train” (PORT) for their support and the Thueringer Aufbaubank TAB/ESF for their kind funding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Hager
    • 1
  • Thomas Finke
    • 1
  • Jochen Seitz
    • 1
  • Thomas Waas
    • 2
  1. 1.Communication Networks GroupIlmenau University of TechnologyIlmenauGermany
  2. 2.Communication Networks GroupUniversity of Applied Science RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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