What if Routers Were Social? Analyzing Wireless Mesh Networks From a Social Networks Perspective
Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) consist of radio nodes organized in a mesh topology for serving wireless mesh clients to communicate with one another or to connect to the Internet. Nodes in a mesh network can communicate with each other either directly or through one or more intermediate nodes, similar to social networks. WMNs share many common properties with social networks. The authors first identify the differences and similarities between social networks and WMNs and then use metrics that are typically used for Social Network Analysis (SNA) to assess real WMNs. Analyzing real WMN data collected from the UCSB MeshNet and MIT Roofnet testbeds reveals that using SNA metrics are helpful in designing WMNs with better performance.