Securing Channel Assignment in Multi-Radio Multi-Channel Wireless Mesh Networks
In order to fully exploit the aggregate bandwidth available in the radio spectrum, future Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN) are expected to take advantage of multiple orthogonal channels, where the nodes have the ability to communicate with multiple neighbors simultaneously using multiple radios (NICs) over orthogonal channels. Dynamic channel assignment is critical for ensuring effective utilization of the non-overlapping channels. Several algorithms have been proposed in recent years, which aim at achieving this. However, all these schemes inherently assume that the mesh nodes are well-behaved without any malicious intentions. A recent work has exposed the vulnerabilities in channel assignment algorithms. In this paper, a mechanism is proposed to secure the channel assignment algorithms, addressing the security vulnerabilities in the existing algorithms.