Mesh Wireless Networking
Another wireless standard is being developed — 802.11s — mesh wireless networking. These will be “self-configuring systems where each node can relay messages on behalf of others, thus increasing the range and available bandwidth.” The IEEE task group supporting this standard issued a call for proposals; at this point, it looks like Intel will provide one. Intel would build the mesh standard on top of the existing 802.11 a/b/g protocols. According to the head of the IEEE task group, this standard should create more efficient wireless networks and automate both installation and reconfiguration.
Don’t look for this anytime soon. Ratification of the standard is set for 2008.