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Real-Time Communication in IEEE 802.11 Wireless Mesh Networks: A Prospective Study

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Executive Summary

The purpose of this paper is to present an on-going prospective study about IEEE 802.11 Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs), focusing on available techniques to support real-time communication. This paper addresses two possible approaches to meet real-time guarantees in WMNs that follow the IEEE 802.11s standard, respectively providing resource reservation for real-time message streams and improving handoff procedures to reduce the aggregated delays. Over the past few years, wireless networks have gained increased attention. Within this context, the IEEE 802.11 family of standards has become a dominant solution for Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). The main reason being its high performance, low cost and fast deployment characteristics.

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