Date Added: Jul 2011
Wide spread deployment of wireless mesh networks for broadband access requires careful deployment and planning in terms of laying down the network infrastructure. Deploying such networks comes with some major inter-related issues including capacity planning, scalability and access reliability. Planning includes determining the number of gateways, optimal placement of gateways and relay nodes, maximizing coverage while minimizing the operational cost. This paper focuses on a planning approach that aims at increasing access fairness and fault tolerance using an overlapping clustering technique.