The wireless network environment in the future is going to include various heterogeneous wireless networks. In a heterogeneous wireless network environment, vertical handoff processes caused by the movement of users are inevitable. However, the research related to how to achieve seamless vertical handoff and improve QoS guarantees in today's heterogeneous wireless networks is still something to work on. Therefore, this paper proposed the Advanced Vertical Handoff Translation Center (Advanced VHTC) architecture for Wi-Fi/WiMAX heterogeneous wireless networks, aiming to improve the quality of services in heterogeneous wireless networks by means of packet formats translation between heterogeneous wireless networks and the MIH-based seamless vertical handoff mechanism, which cut down the time for vertical handoff and obtain high quality and persistent connection service. Lastly, with the brilliant results of a complete simulation, this paper will show the performance in terms of delay, jitter, packets loss and throughput to prove that the Advanced VHTC for next generation heterogeneous wireless networks can provide good QoS guarantees and obtain persistent transmission with high performance while performing seamless vertical handoff.
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