Date Added: Dec 2011
In this paper, the authors present a channel access mechanism, referred to as the enhanced Mesh Coordinated Channel Access (eMCCA) mechanism, for IEEE 802.11s-based wireless mesh networks. The current draft of IEEE 802.11s includes an optional Medium Access Control (MAC), denoted as MCCA, which is designed to provide collision-free and guaranteed channel access during reserved periods. However, the MCCA mechanism fails to achieve the desired goal in the presence of contending non-MCCA nodes; this is because non-MCCA nodes are not aware of MCCA reservations and have equal access opportunities during reserved periods. They first present a probabilistic analysis that reveals the extent to which the performance of MCCA may be affected by contending non-MCCA nodes.