Understanding Mesh Networking
UNDERSTANDING MESH NETWORKING, PART I by https://inthemesh.com
Mesh networks are an integral part of the burgeoning decentralization movement, and critical to realizing its vision. In this two-part article, we will provide a broad introduction to the concept of mesh networking: what are mesh networks and how did they evolve, why are they technically challenging, and what are the protocols that make meshing possible. Understanding mesh networking conceptually can help us make sense of the products on the market and to appreciate the operational constraints. Although mildly technical, the article will not assume any background in mesh or even general networking.
mesh networks are an integral part of the burgeoning decentralization movement and critical to realizing its vision. In Part I we discussed the history of mesh networks and some challenges in making them work. The basic multi-hop mobile wireless mesh networking concept has been around since the 1970’s, under different names such as “packet radio networks,” “mobile ad hoc networks,” and “sensor networks” and has found applications in the military, first response, and recreation amongst others. Challenges specific to mesh networks include managing the link performance tradeoffs (e.g., throughput vs. range), decentralized access control and decentralized routing.