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To increase the utilization of the available frequency channel space in 802.11-based wireless mesh networks, recent work has explored solutions based on multi-radio stations. This paper reports on our design and experimental study of a distributed, self-stabilizing mechanism that assigns channels to multi-radio nodes in wireless mesh networks. We take a modular approach by decoupling the channel selection decision from the data forwarding mechanism, which makes our solution readily applicable to real-world operation when used with emerging multi-radio routing solutions. We demonstrate the efficacy of our protocol on a real-world, 14-node testbed comprised of nodes, each equipped with an 802.11a card and an 802.11g card. We show via extensive measurements on our testbed that our channel assignment algorithm improves the network capacity by 50% in comparison to a homogeneous channel assignment and by 20% in comparison to a random assignment.
Date of Conference: 11-15 March 2007