Networking

ARBOR: Hang Together Rather Than Hang Separately in 802.11 WiFi Networks

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Executive Summary

With 802.11 WiFi networks becoming popular in homes, it is common for an end-user to have access to multiple WiFi Access Points (APs) from residents next door. In general, wireless networks have much higher bandwidth than residential Internet (DSL or Cable) connections. This provides an incentive for an end-user to simultaneously harness bandwidths from multiple APs. This paper introduces ARBOR, an 802.11 driver that aggregates broadband connections in a neighborhood and maximizes Internet access bandwidth in a secure manner. ARBOR has four important characteristics.

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