A Test-Bed Evaluation of Connectivity Strategies for Infrastructure Wireless Mesh Networks

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The wireless mesh network backbone is usually comprised of stationary nodes that are not uniformly distributed and connectivity is traditionally assured by requiring that all nodes use their maximum transceiver powers. The use of maximum transceiver powers may actually not be necessary to ensure network connectivity and this realization has led to the development of two distinct types of network connectivity strategies in the literature. This paper focuses on the network-size-dependent Critical Number of Neighbors (CNN) strategy. An evaluation of several well-known examples of this strategy was undertaken on an indoor test-bed.