Wireless Mesh Networking — The Third Generation: “As users demand better and more consistent access to their data, both indoors and outdoors, an emerging new technology –‘Third-Generation Wireless Mesh’ — offers the mobility, freedom, and power of wireless connectivity, while preserving the performance that’s only been available in wired networks. We take a closer look at this technology.
Users today have grown accustomed to wireless networks inside buildings and within their enterprise. This connectivity is often provided by access points based on 802.11b or 802.11g networks. These access points typically are connected physically to the wired Ethernet (Internet or intranet). Users with 802.11b/g equipped devices such as laptops, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones may connect to the Internet or intranet, wirelessly via these access points.
While this technology works well within a building where wired or fibre Ethernet connections are plentiful and inexpensive, it can be difficult or even impossible outdoors in a metropolitan environment. This is because the costs and infrastructure requirements of a wired or fibre connection to each access point are prohibitive.”