IEEE 802.11s Wireless Mesh Networks: Challenges and Perspectives
A promising solution for wireless environments is the wireless mesh technology that envisages supplementing wired infrastructure with a wireless backbone for providing Internet connectivity to mobile nodes (MNs) or users in residential areas and offices. The IEEE 802.11 TGs has started to work in developing a mesh standard for local area wireless networks. Although a lot of progress has been made and a few new drafts have been released recently, there exist many issues that demand enhanced or even new solutions to 802.11s mesh networking. This paper aims to overview the latest version of the IEEE 802.11s protocol (Draft 2.02), especially the MAC and routing layers, and to point out the challenges that these networks have to overcome in these layers.
KeywordsWireless mesh network IEEE 802.11s routing MAC power management
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