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Measurement of the Performance of IEEE 802.11s

Naoshi Sakamoto and Katsuya Atsuta
Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract—IEEE 802.11s, the specification for mesh networking, has been available since 2012. Initial products to support this standard did not perform well. However, Google WiFi, which is based on IEEE 802.11s, was released recently. Nevertheless, it has often been noted that multihop mesh networks cause a drop in the throughput. In this study, we measure the performance of mesh networks that consist of the mesh points of our own making and those of Google WiFi. Finally, we find that the performance of multihop mesh networks is worse than the performance of single-hop networks. Then, we consider the problems with the performance of multihop mesh network based on the Mathis’s TCP traffic model.
Index Terms—IEEE 802.11s, mesh network, TCP, throughput

Cite: Naoshi Sakamoto and Katsuya Atsuta, “Measurement of the Performance of IEEE 802.11s,”Journal of Communications vol. 14, no. 12, pp. 1218-1223, 2019. Doi: 10.12720/jcm.14.12.1218-1223