What is Mesh?
Mesh Networks are a cost effective way to provide blanket wireless
broadband (WiFi) coverage across a community where there are
limited options for broadband backhaul links to the wider internet
(e.g. broadband not available or not cost effective). Each wireless
mesh node or access point acts as a router for data in the network.
Daconi mesh solutions use WiFi dual radio (802.11abg) WiFi
equipment to create resilient, scalable and self-configuring
networks. Typical applications are town or city WiFi-Zones which provide
information to visitors and connectivity to the internet. Extending access to
the community from a school or college can benefit from using Mesh technology.
How Mesh works
Client access in the heart of a mesh network will be using the most popular
WiFi (802.11bg) radio standard which uses the 2.4GHz band. The mesh
network runs on the WiFi (802.11a) radio for indoor applications and
in addition 802.11h for outdoors, which uses the 5GHz band. This
ensures maximum throughput to the end user, while remaining within
the unlicensed ranges certified by
Mesh access points can be mounted on existing street furniture such as
lampposts, CCTV masts, rooftops and any other point that has a source
of power. As each node is added to the network, they automatically
configure to communicate with nearby nodes, which in turn communicate
with their neighbours to organise themselves for optimum performance.
Secure AES encryption ensures that data sent over the mesh remains
private. In the event that a particular link fails, the mesh network
immediately creates an alternate route to the portal. When a network
is deployed with multiple portals to the broadband backhaul, the self
healing capability ensures a reliable service for critical
Mesh networking is also complimentary to other Daconi solutions such as
WIMAX (for high speed backhaul connections) and Location Tracking
(for location sensitive applications).
What can Mesh Networking do for you?
- Community: Provides blanket wireless coverage across a given site or area
- Secure: Customisable end user security options for corporate or public
- Cost effective: Up to 16 distinct Public and Private network interfaces can share the MESH
infrastructure, each segregated with its own security policy.
- Robust: Self Healing properties enable instant reconfiguration should a
node fail or be removed.
- Multi-service: Route voice traffic using Skype (www.skype.com)
or other VoIP application over IP network for further savings.