Date Added: Jul 2011
The traditional wireless networks cannot handle new requirements posed on the system. To become independent of backbone networks leading to cheap deployments, the traditional single-hop approach needs to be replaced by its multi-hop counterpart called Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). The authors can be considered as hybrid between wireless infrastructure (WLAN) and Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANET). WMNs provide flexibility and scalability in building networks, allowing automatic discovery of neighboring nodes, increased reliability and redundancy. In this paper, they discuss as to how WMNs can be practically deployed to support wireless multi-hop communications in a campus-wide area.