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A Layer-2 Architecture for Interconnecting Multi-hop Hybrid Ad Hoc Networks to the Internet

Abstract : Recently, the research on mobile ad hoc networks is departing from the view of stand-alone networks, to focus on hybrid self-organized network environments interconnected to the Internet. This type of networks is built on a mix of fixed and mobile nodes using both wired and multi-hop wireless technologies, and may be easily integrated into classical wired/wireless networking infrastructures. In this paper we design a lightweight and efficient architecture to build such a multi-hop hybrid ad hoc network, which will be used as a flexible and low-cost extension of traditional wired LANs. Our proposed architecture provides transparent global Internet connectivity and self-configuration to mobile nodes, without requiring configuration changes in the preexisting wired LAN. Differently from most of the implemented solutions, which are based on complex IP-based mechanisms, such as Mobile IP, IP-in-IP encapsulation and IP tunneling, our proposed system operates below the IP level, and employs only layer-2 mechanisms. We have prototyped the core functionalities of our architecture, and we present several experimental results to verify the network performance constraints, and how different OLSR parameter settings impact on them.
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Emilio Ancillotti, Raffaele Bruno, Marco Conti, Enrico Gregori, Antonio Pinizzotto. A Layer-2 Architecture for Interconnecting Multi-hop Hybrid Ad Hoc Networks to the Internet. WONS 2006 : Third Annual Conference on Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services, INRIA, INSA Lyon, Alcatel, IFIP, Jan 2006, Les Ménuires (France), pp.87-96. ⟨inria-00001013⟩

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