Networking

QMesh: A QoS Mesh Network With Mobility Support

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Executive Summary

Authors present QMesh, a software package that allows utilizing multiple geographically scattered Windows desktops as a wireless mesh network infrastructure with seamless user mobility support. QMesh supports its users through standard protocols, and does not require any client software installation. They optimize the solution's Quality of Service (QoS) by providing a centralized management infrastructure, which allows an intelligent assignment of users to Internet gateways that balances between distance and load considerations. QMesh is implemented as a Windows XP kernel driver, on top of the Mesh Connectivity Layer (MCL) academic resource toolkit from Microsoft Research that provides basic routing within the mesh. To the best of the knowledge, this is the first mobile mesh solution implemented completely within the Windows kernel space.

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