When used in a wireless mesh network, TCP has shortcomings in the areas of throughput and fairness among traffic flows. Several methods have been proposed to deal with TCP's weakness in a wireless mesh, but most have been evaluated with simulations rather than experimentally. We evaluate several major enhancements to TCP – pacing, conservative windows, and delayed ACKs – to determine whether they improve performance or fairness in a mesh network operating in the BYU Computer Science building. We also draw conclusions about the effectiveness of wireless network simulators based on the accuracy of reported simulation results.
College and Department
Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Computer Science
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lee, Richard Lloyd, "Feasibility of TCP for Wireless Mesh Networks" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 2973.
Wireless mesh, transport protocols, experimental evaluation, TCP, simulations