Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 17–34 | Cite as

Achieving End-to-end Fairness in 802.11e Based Wireless Multi-Hop Mesh Networks Without Coordination

  • Tianji LiEmail author
  • Douglas J. Leith
  • Venkataramana Badarla
  • David Malone
  • Qizhi Cao


To mitigate the damaging impacts caused by interference and hidden terminals, it has been proposed to use orthogonal channels in wireless multi-hop mesh networks. We demonstrate however that even if these issues are completely eliminated with perfectly assigned channels, gross unfairness can still exist amongst competing flows which traverse multiple hops. We propose the use of 802.11e’s TXOP mechanism to restore/enforce fairness. The proposed scheme is simple, implementable using off-the-shelf devices and fully decentralised (requires no message passing).


medium access control (MAC) transmission control protocol (TCP) wireless mesh networks  IEEE 802.11 IEEE 802.11e max-min fairness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tianji Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Douglas J. Leith
    • 1
  • Venkataramana Badarla
    • 1
  • David Malone
    • 1
  • Qizhi Cao
    • 1
  1. 1.Hamilton InstituteNational University of Ireland MaynoothKildareIreland

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