University of the Witwatersrand
The wireless mesh networks are usually consisted of a static wireless backbone. The main wireless mesh routers serve the routing of the traffic, while the peripheral routers act as Access Points (APs). These APs are associated with the STAtions (STAs) in the network. The STA association/handoff procedures are very important towards achieving balanced operation in 802.11-based wireless mesh networks. In this paper, the authors design and implement a resource management scheme based on cooperative association, where the STAs can share useful information in order to improve the performance of the association/handoff procedures. The cooperative association mechanism is inspired by the rapidly designed cooperative protocols in the field of wireless networks.