Abstract In this paper, we propose an enhanced p-cycles (preconfigured protection cycles) scheme for fast restoration in WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) optical mesh network with limited wavelength conversion for fast restoration. We enhanced the p-cycles to accommodate uni-directional connections to be used in uni-directional multicasting or asymmetric broadband multimedia communications with bi-directional connectivity. We applied it to WDM network with limited wavelength conversion and analyzed the result. The analysis results show that the enhanced p-cycle algorithm provides better performance in WDM optical networks with limited wavelength converter.