Real-World Performance of current Mesh Protocols in a small-scale Dual-Radio Multi-Link Environment

Abstract

Two key questions motivated the work in this paper: What is the impact of different usage schemes for multiple channels in a dual-radio Wireless Mesh Network (WMN), and what is the impact of some popular WMN routing protocols on its performance. These two questions were evaluated in a small and simple real-world scenario. A major concern was reproducibility of the results. We show that it is beneficial to use both radios on different frequencies in a fully meshed environment with four routers. The routing protocols Babel, B.A.T.M.A.N. V, BMX7 and OLSRv2 recognize a saturated channel and prefer the other one. We show that in our scenario all of the protocols perform equally well since the protocol overhead is comparably low not influencing the overall performance of the network.

Publication
Mobilkommunikation - Technologien und Anwendungen. Vorträge der 22. ITG-Fachtagung, 9.-10. Mai 2017 in Osnabrück. ITG-Fachbericht, Bd. 271