VLANs Investigation in IEEE 802.11s Based Wireless Mesh Networks
The Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) technology is a convenient concept to improve the wireless mesh networks performance by eliminating the unnecessary rebroadcasts flooded from stations located outside the mesh BSS. Hundreds or even thousands of stations may be located at a IEEE 802 LAN segment which leads to think about broadcasting cost if such segment is bridged to the wireless mesh BSS. The latter is seen as a single broadcast domain from external networks. Consequently, flooding may hinder the transmission of data frames due the broadcasting storm problems.