On the Access Pricing Issues of Wireless Mesh Networks
This paper studies the use of pricing as an incentive mechanism to encourage private, self-interested nodes to participate in a public wireless mesh network and cooperate in the packet forwarding service. The authors' focus is on the "Economic behavior" of the network nodes - the pricing and purchasing strategies of the access point, wireless relaying nodes, and clients. They use a "Game theoretic approach" to analyze their interactions from one-hop to multi-hop network and when the network has an unlimited or limited channel capacity. They show that the access point and relaying wireless nodes will adopt a simple, yet optimal, fixed-rate pricing strategy in a multi-hop network with an unlimited capacity.