Issue No. 08 - August (2008 vol. 7)
An infrastructure wireless mesh network (WMN) is a hierarchical network consisting of mesh clients, mesh routers and gateways. Mesh routers constitute a wireless mesh backbone, to which mesh clients are connected as a star topology, and gateways are chosen among mesh routers providing Internet access. In this paper, the throughput capacity of infrastructure WMNs is studied. For such a network with Nc randomly distributed mesh clients, Nr regularly placed mesh routers and Ng gateways, assuming that each mesh router can transmit at W bits/s, the per-client throughput capacity has been derived as a function of Nc , Nr , Ng and W . The result illustrates that, in order to achieve high capacity performance, the number of mesh routers and the number of gateways must be properly chosen. It also reveals that an infrastructure WMN can achieve the same asymptotic throughput capacity as that of a hybrid ad hoc network by choosing only a small number of mesh routers as gateways. This property makes WMNs a very promising solution for future wireless networking.
Network topology, Network Communications, throughput capacity, wireless mesh networks
P. Zhou, X. Wang and R. Rao, "Asymptotic Capacity of Infrastructure Wireless Mesh Networks," in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 7, no. , pp. 1011-1024, 2007.