Routing With Load-Balancing in Multi-Radio Wireless Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

This paper addresses the interference and load imbalance problems in multi-radio infrastructure mesh networks where each mesh node is equipped with multiple radio interfaces and a subset of nodes serve as Internet gateways. To provide backbone support, it is necessary to reduce interference and balance load in Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). This paper proposes a new Load-Aware Routing Metric, called LARM, which captures the differences in transmission rates, packet loss ratio, intra/inter-flow interference and traffic load in multi-radio mesh networks. This metric is incorporated into the proposed load-balancing routing, called LBM, to provide load balancing for multi-radio mesh network.

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