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The Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) backbone is usually comprised of stationary nodes but the transient nature of wireless links results in changing network topologies. Topology Control (TC) aims to preserve network connectivity in ad hoc and mesh networks and an abundance of theoretical results on the effectiveness of TC exist. Practical evaluations of TC schemes that provide gradual transceiver power adjustments for the WMN backbone are however in their infancy. In this paper, the authors investigate the feasibility of power control in a popular WMN backbone device and design and evaluate an autonomous, light-weight TC scheme called PlainTC.
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