Monday, December 14, 2009

Mesh Network

Mesh networking is a type of networking where each node in the network may act as an independent router, regardless of whether it is connected to another network or not.

It allows for continuous connections and reconfiguration around broken or blocked paths by “hopping” from node to node until the destination is reached.

A mesh network whose nodes are all connected to each other is a fully connected network

Mesh networks differ from other networks in that the component parts can all connect to each other via multiple hops, and they generally are not mobile.

Mesh networks can be seen as one type of ad hoc network. Mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) and mesh networks are therefore closely related, but MANET also have to deal with the problems introduced by the mobility of the nodes.

Mesh networks are self-healing: the network can still operate when one node breaks down or a connection goes bad.

As a result, the network may typically be very reliable, as there is often more than one path between a source and a destination in the network.

Although mostly used in wireless scenarios, this concept is also applicable to wired networks and software interaction.

Wireless mesh networks can self form and self heal

And this is why we are writing about this subject

Ever wondered what happens when your friendly or unfriendly government shuts down your communications?

For most a time of panic

For others plan b the mesh network

So now you know

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