Document Type

Theses, Masters


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Electrical and electronic engineering

Publication Details

Successfully submitted for the award of Master of Philosophy to the Dublin Institute of Technology, 2010.


In recent years, Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) have emerged as a promising solution to provide low cost access networks that extend Internet access and other networking services. Mesh routers form the backbone connectivity through cooperative routing in an often unstable wireless medium. Therefore, the techniques used to monitor and manage the performance of the wireless network are expected to play a significant role in providing the necessary performance metrics to help optimize the link performance in WMNs. This thesis initially presents an assessment of the correlation between passive monitoring and active probing techniques used for link performance measurement in single radio WMNs. The study reveals that by combining multiple performance metrics obtained by using passive monitoring, a high correlation with active probing can be achieved. The thesis then addresses the problem of the system performance degradation associated with simultaneous activation of multiple radios within a mesh node in a multi-radio environment. The experiments results suggest that the finite computing resource seems to be the limiting factor in the performance of a multi-radio mesh network. Having studied this characteristic of multi-radio networks, a similar approach as used in single radio mesh network analysis was taken to investigate the feasibility of passive monitoring in a multi-radio environment. The accuracy of the passive monitoring technique was compared with that of the active probing technique and the conclusion reached is that passive monitoring is a viable alternative to active probing technique in multi-radio mesh networks.