Date Added: Apr 2010
In this paper an enhanced Layer-2 multi-hop wireless network implementation for Infrastructure based Wireless Mesh Networks is presented. This work combines the flexibility of Layer-2 Wireless Bridging with the dynamic self-configuring capabilities of MANET routing. The main contribution of this paper is an investigation of the issues encountered when applying a pure bridging based solution to wireless multi-hop networks and the development of several mechanisms to overcome these problems. This paper was implemented and deployed in a real testbed environment using Routerboard hardware and utilising a number of open-source network tools in accordance with the needs of the platform. The developed testbed incorporates self-healing and self-configuration features without requiring a traditional MANET routing protocol.