Wireless Mesh Networking
Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN) are believed to be a highly promising technology and will play an increasingly important role in future generation wireless mobile networks. WMN is characterized by dynamic self-organization, self-configuration and self-healing to enable quick deployment, easy maintenance, low cost, high scalability and reliable services, as well as enhancing network capacity, connectivity and resilience. Due to these advantages, international standardization organizations are actively calling for specifications for mesh networking modes, e.g., IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15, IEEE 802.16 and IEEE 802.20. As a great extension to the ad hoc network, WMN is becoming an important mode complementary to the infrastructurebased wireless networks. The experiences obtained from studying and deploying WMN provide us knowledge and reference to the future networks evolution.
Wireless Mesh Networking: Architectures, Protocols and Standards provides a comprehensive technical guide covering introductory concepts, fundamental techniques, recent advances and open issues in wireless mesh networks. It focuses on concepts, effective protocols, system integration, performance analysis techniques, simulation, experiments, and future directions. It explores various key challenges, diverse scenarios and emerging standards such as those for capacity, coverage, scalability, extensibility, reliability, and cognition. This volume contains illustrative figures and complete cross-referencing on routing, security, spectrum management, medium access, cross-layer optimization, load-balancing, multimedia communication, MIMO, and smart antennas, etc. It also details information on particular techniques for efficiently improving the performance of a wireless mesh network.