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An efficient neighbourhood load routing metric for wireless mesh networks

Zhao, Liang; Al-Dubai, Ahmed; Min, Geyong


Liang Zhao

Geyong Min


The Wireless Mesh Network (WMN) is a highly capable technology that can offer low-cost and easy-deployable network connectivity to both small-size community networks and large-scale metropolitan networks. As a key emerging technology to provide the next generation broadband networking, WMN combines the advantages of both mobile ad hoc network (MANET) and traditional fixed network, attracting significant industrial and academic attentions. In WMN, the load balancing has already shown its key role in enhancing communication quality by providing reduced latency, jitter and error rate as well as improving bandwidth utilisation and allocation polices. Although there are a number of proposals on using load-aware strategy in WMN, the neighbourhood load has not been considered within the context of load balancing and high efficient WMNs. In this paper, we propose a Neighbourhood Load Routing metric to further improve the performance of existing routing protocols such as AODV in WMN. We have conducted extensive simulation experiments and our results confirm the superiority of our proposed scheme over its well-known counterparts, especially in grid topologies


Zhao, L., Al-Dubai, A., & Min, G. (2011). An efficient neighbourhood load routing metric for wireless mesh networks. Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 19, 1415-1426.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 14, 2010
Online Publication Date Oct 28, 2010
Publication Date 2011-06
Deposit Date Mar 21, 2011
Print ISSN 1569-190X
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Pages 1415-1426
Keywords Routing metric; Wireless Mesh Network; Load balancing; Neighbourhood;
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