Situation-aware routing for wireless mesh networks with mobile nodes
This thesis demonstrates that a situation-aware algorithm improves quality of service on small mesh networks running BATMAN-adv with some mobile nodes. BATMAN-adv is a proactive mesh routing protocol that counts beacons as a link quality metric. BATMAN-adv was modi ed to give more recently received beacons more weight, thereby calculating a more precise indication of the current state of a link that BATMAN-adv can use to forward packets. BATMAN-adv `original' was compared with a situation-aware version in two laboratory test beds with the same voice traffic profile on actual hardware with a realistic voice traffic profile; with controlled transmission rates and buffer sizes to simulate congestion. The second test bed included mesh potatoes, PCs and laptops as mobile nodes. BATMAN-adv achieved better jitter and packet loss than the situation-aware version in the initial, smaller test bed, and average throughput for both versions was almost identical. However, in the second slightly larger test bed, with additional mobile nodes, the situation-aware algorithm performed better than the original BATMAN-adv algorithm for all quality of service metrics, including throughput. Thus the thesis concludes that a situation-aware protocol offers a promising solution to address issues pertaining to mobility, congestion and scalability for voice traffic in mesh networks with mobile nodes.
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