Design and Implementation of a Visualization System for Wireless Mesh Networks

Design and Implementation of a Visualization System for Wireless Mesh Networks

Yuki Kumata (Department of Informatics, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Japan), Shuji Shoji (Department of Informatics, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Japan) and Akio Koyama (Department of Informatics, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Japan)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 18
DOI: 10.4018/IJDST.2015070102
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Abstract

Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) consist of several Access Points (APs) of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) interconnected through wireless links. It is necessary to monitor the networks in order to properly operate WMNs. However, it is very difficult to always monitor WMNs. Although several researches for visualization system of WMNs were done, there are some problems such as lack of dynamic information and past information. Our previous system also had problems such as lack of visualization information and inefficient information collection method. In this paper, we propose an extended visualization system for WMNs called Mesh Net Viewer II (MNVII). MNVII can visualize not only network topology and link stability degree but also packet flow, route information and past information of WMNs. Furthermore, we have improved visualization information collection method of our previous system. In the performance evaluation, we verified visualization accuracy and real time characteristics of MNVII.
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In this section, we briefly introduce Mesh Topology Viewer (Valle, 2008) and SCUBA (Jardosh, 2008) as related visualization system for WMNs.

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