Self-Reconfigurable Wireless Mesh Networks

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Executive Summary

During their lifetime, multi-hop Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) experience frequent link failures caused by channel interference, dynamic obstacles and/or applications' bandwidth demands. These failures cause severe performance degradation in WMNs or require expensive, manual network management for their real-time recovery. This paper presents an Autonomous network Reconfiguration System (ARS) that enables a multi-radio WMN to autonomously recover from local link failures to preserve network performance. By using channel and radio diversities in WMNs, ARS generates necessary changes in local radio and channel assignments in order to recover from failures. Next, based on the thus-generated configuration changes, the system cooperatively reconfigures network settings among local mesh routers.

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