An Improved Hop-Count Metric for Infrastructural Wireless Mesh Network
Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) consist of mesh routers and mesh clients, where mesh routers have minimal mobility and form the backbone of WMNs. They provide network access for both mesh and conventional clients. In a WMN, it is possible to reach an IGW or any Mesh Router (MR) through multiple paths. However, this may lead to an undesirable situation in which the best paths may degrade due to the load, consequently resulting in suboptimal performance. To this end, the authors propose a reactive hop-count based multi-path routing protocol which is aware of congestion and location of its immediate neighbors for an infrastructural wireless mesh network.