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The low installation and maintenance costs, self-healing abilities and the ease of development are some of the qualities that make the multi-hop wireless mesh network a promising alternative to conventional networking in both - rural and urban areas. This paper examines the performance of such a network depending on environmental propagation conditions and the quality of applied routing protocols. This aim is addressed in an empirical way, by performing repetitive multistage network simulations followed by a systematic analysis and a conclusive discussion. This research work resulted in the implementation of an experiment and analysis tools, and a comprehensive assessment of a group of simulated wireless ad-hoc routing protocols.
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