Purpose – Wireless mesh networks (WMNs) are regarded as a milestone in developing next‐generation wireless networks. The multi‐hop architecture of WMN makes it very attractive. However, interoperability is an inherent problem for deploying a large‐scale WMN, which may consist of various types of wireless networks. There are two intuitive approaches to solving the interoperability problem: the dual‐stack/multi‐stack approach and the naive layer‐2 broadcast approach. While the former incurs high cost in all devices, the latter creates broadcast storm in the whole network. This paper aims to propose a cross‐layer heterogeneous routing protocol for solving this problem without the adverse effects of the intuitive approaches. Design/methodology/approach – A conceptual discussion and approach are employed. Findings – The simulation results validate the efficiency of the proposed protocol. Originality/value – The paper provides details of a method for routing selection in WMNs.
International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications – Emerald Publishing
Published: Apr 4, 2008
Keywords: Computer networks; Meshes; Wireless