Title

Advances and Challenges with Data Broadcasting in Wireless Mesh Networks

Publication Type

Magazine Article

Publication Date

11-2007

Abstract

Wireless mesh networks have become a promising means to provide low-cost broadband access. Many WMN applications require broadcasting data (IPTV etc.) over the WMN. This article studies how efficient data broadcast, measured in terms of broadcast latency, can be realized by exploiting two features of WMNs: the use of multiple transmission rates at the link layer and the use of multiple radio interfaces on each node. We demonstrate that by exploiting these features, broadcast latency can be reduced severalfold compared to the current default practice in wireless LANs of using the lowest transmission rate for broadcast traffic. We also discuss two important insights we have gained from our investigation. First, we find that when multiple radio interfaces are used, a channel assignment algorithm designed for unicast traffic may often perform poorly for broadcast flows. Second, we find that the efficiency of a transmission rate for reducing broadcast latency can be reasonably predicted by the product of the transmission rate and its coverage area.

Discipline

Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software Systems

Publication

IEEE Communications Magazine, Special Issue on “Wireless Mesh Networks”

Volume

45

Issue

11

First Page

78

Last Page

85

ISSN

0163-6804

Identifier

10.1109/MCOM.2007.4378325

Publisher

IEEE

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MCOM.2007.4378325