Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center
96% market share of existing smart grid network installations is Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). The paper starts by justifying the selection of WMNs as opposed to any other communication technology based on quantifying the bandwidth/latency/QoS constraints of a number of Smart Grid applications. This paper, however, is to discuss some optimization techniques that found in the literature and can be implemented to overcome some of the challenges currently being faced by WMNs deployment in Smart Grid's NANs. Hybrid WMN (HWMN) is proposed as an optimization on the topology level to leverage WMNs convergence. Distributed Autonomous Data Routing DADR, multi-gate and diversity routing are optimizations on the protocol level to minimize the down time of WMNs.