Volume E92.B (2009) Issue 3 Pages 700-708
This paper addresses the interference and load imbalance problems in multi-radio infrastructure mesh networks where each mesh node is equipped with multiple radio interfaces and a subset of nodes serve as Internet gateways. To provide backbone support, it is necessary to reduce interference and balance load in Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). In this paper, we propose a new Load-Aware Routing Metric, called LARM, which captures the differences in transmission rates, packet loss ratio, intra/inter-flow interference and traffic load in multi-radio mesh networks. This metric is incorporated into the proposed load-balancing routing, called LBM, to provide load balancing for multi-radio mesh network. Simulation results show that LARM provides better performance compared to WCETT and hop-count routing metrics in LBM routing protocol.