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A cross‐layer design for heterogeneous routing in wireless mesh networks

Shih‐Hao Shen (Department of Engineering Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan, Republic of China, and)
Yueh‐Min Huang (Department of Engineering Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan, Republic of China, and)
Jen‐Wen Ding (Department of Information Management, National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, Republic of China)

International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications

ISSN: 1742-7371

Article publication date: 4 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

Wireless mesh networks (WMNs) are regarded as a milestone in developing next‐generation wireless networks. The multi‐hop architecture of WMN makes it very attractive. However, interoperability is an inherent problem for deploying a large‐scale WMN, which may consist of various types of wireless networks. There are two intuitive approaches to solving the interoperability problem: the dual‐stack/multi‐stack approach and the naive layer‐2 broadcast approach. While the former incurs high cost in all devices, the latter creates broadcast storm in the whole network. This paper aims to propose a cross‐layer heterogeneous routing protocol for solving this problem without the adverse effects of the intuitive approaches.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual discussion and approach are employed.

Findings

The simulation results validate the efficiency of the proposed protocol.

Originality/value

The paper provides details of a method for routing selection in WMNs.

Keywords

Citation

Shen, S., Huang, Y. and Ding, J. (2008), "A cross‐layer design for heterogeneous routing in wireless mesh networks", International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1108/17427370810873093

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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