Mesh network topology

Definition Edit

A mesh network is a type of network where each node in the network may act as an independent router, regardless of whether it is connected to another network or not.

Overview Edit

It allows for continuous connections and reconfiguration around broken or blocked paths by “hopping” from node to node until the destination is reached. A mesh network whose nodes are all connected to each other is a fully-connected network. Mesh networks differ from other networks in that the component parts can all connect to each other via multiple hops, and they generally are not mobile. Mesh networks can be seen as one type of an ad hoc network.

Wireless broadband technology Edit

Mesh networks are a type of wireless broadband technology that enables flexible and efficient expansion of wireless broadband services. Unlike traditional WMANs or WLANs, in which each node (or consumer device) in the network communicates only with a central antenna or base station, in a mesh network, each node can function as an access point and transmit information to other nodes in close proximity.[1] If one node goes out of service, the other nodes will route the traffic around it, making mesh networks a relatively robust communications technology.

References Edit

  1. David Ewalt, "Motorola Moves Into Mesh," (Nov. 16, 2004).

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