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Mobile Information Systems
Volume 2015, Article ID 523294, 10 pages
Research Article

Proposal and Performance Evaluation of a Multicast Routing Protocol for Wireless Mesh Networks Based on Network Load

1Department of Informatics, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16 Jonan, Yonezawa, Yamagata 992-8510, Japan
2Department of Information and Communication Engineering, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, 3-30-1 Wajiro-Higashi, Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka 811-0295, Japan

Received 1 June 2013; Accepted 22 October 2013

Academic Editor: David Taniar

Copyright © 2015 Kiyotaka Oe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) can provide wide range Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) area by connecting Access Points (APs) of WLANs with each other using radio communications. A routing protocol is very important to keep communication quality over radio multihop communications because radio waves are impacted much by surrounding environment. When we use multiuser shared applications like a video conference and an IP phone, it is predicted that large amount of traffic flows on network. Therefore, we should consider network loads to use these applications. In this paper, we propose a multicast routing protocol for WMNs which considers network loads and hop count. Furthermore, we evaluate performance by simulation. In the simulation results, we show that the proposed protocol has better performance than a conventional protocol (MAODV) at high loaded scenario.