Cross-Layer Routing Metrics for Mesh Networks: Current Status and Research Directions
Despite efforts to improve the current IEEE 802.11 standard to fully optimize the physical layer, the performance of wireless mesh networks still depends on the routing process for a correct selection of routes. With regard to this question, several cross-layer routing metrics have been developed to improve wireless multi-hop mesh routing. This paper sets out a new taxonomy that can be used to help understand, classify and compare the state-of-the-art situation with regard to cross-layer routing metrics for wireless mesh networks. A simulation study has been carried out to evaluate the capability of the most recent and promising cross-layer routing metrics to support multimedia applications, such as Voice over IP.