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Automatically Configured, Optimised and QoS Aware Wireless Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) are comprised of nodes with multiple radio interfaces and provide broadband residential internet access or connectivity to temporal events. The goal is to simplify the network deployment of such a mesh network, and towards that authors are presenting procedures for automatic configuration and optimisation of the network. They first present an architecture framework that supports the integration of key mechanisms to ensure the optimisation of the performance of a wireless mesh network. Secondly, authors present three key mechanisms, namely autoconfiguration, channel assignment and Quality of Service (QoS) enforcement based on QoS routing. They provide a method for automatic mesh start-up, joining a node into an existing mesh network and automatic repair of temporary connectivity outage, targeting at simplifying the node configuration as much as possible.

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