Hybrid Mesh Ad-Hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing Protocol

Pirzada, A., Portmann, M. and Indulska, J.

    Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) have recently gained increasing attention and have emerged as a technology with great potential for a wide range of applications. WMNs can be considered as a superset of traditional mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs), where the network is comprised of mobile client devices (MESH CLIENTs). In addition to MESH CLIENTs, a WMN can also contain relatively static devices called mesh routers (MESH ROUTERs). Such hybrid WMNs are characterized by a high level of heterogeneity, since static MESH ROUTERs are typically much less resource constrained than mobile MESH CLIENTs, and are also often equipped with multiple radio interfaces. Traditional ad-hoc routing protocols do not differentiate between these types of nodes and therefore cannot achieve optimal performance in hybrid WMNs. In this paper, we propose simple extensions to the Ad-hoc On-demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing protocol, which aim to take advantage of the heterogeneity in hybrid WMNs by preferentially routing packets via paths consisting of high capacity MESH ROUTERs. In addition, we implement a simple channel selection scheme that reduces interference and maximizes channel diversity in multi-radio WMNs. Our simulation results show that in hybrid WMNs, our extensions result in significant performance gains over the standard AODV protocol.
Cite as: Pirzada, A., Portmann, M. and Indulska, J. (2007). Hybrid Mesh Ad-Hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing Protocol. In Proc. Thirtieth Australasian Computer Science Conference (ACSC2007), Ballarat Australia. CRPIT, 62. Dobbie, G., Ed. ACS. 49-58.
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