End-to-End Flow Fairness Over IEEE 802.11-Based Wireless Mesh Networks

Date Added: Jan 2011
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Economies of scale make IEEE 802.11 an attractive technology for building Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). However, the IEEE 802.11 protocol exhibits serious link-layer unfairness when used in multi-hop networks. Existing fairness solutions either do not address this problem, or require proprietary MAC protocol to provide fairness. In this paper, the authors argue that an ideal transport protocol should be able to achieve fairness even on top of an unfair MAC layer such as 802.11.