Asymptotic Capacity of Infrastructure Wireless Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

A Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) is a two-tier wireless network. In the first tier, mesh routers self-configure an ad hoc wireless network as a wireless mesh backbone; gateways are chosen among mesh routers and are wired to the Internet. In the second tier, mesh clients are connected to the mesh backbone for network access. WMNs offer all the advantages of ad hoc wireless networks plus many extra benefits from the infrastructure architecture. A wireless mesh backbone can be rapidly deployed with minimal cost and provides a robust, efficient, reliable, and flexible system that supports the network access for mesh clients. Usually, mesh routers are powerful devices without strict constraints of energy, computing power, and memory.

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