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Mesh networks

Mesh networking is expected to open up large markets for ubiquitous LAN connectibles. Mesh networking is typically implemented in two basic modes: infrastructure and/or client meshing. To gain the maximum benefit that meshing can offer, both modes must be supported simultaneously and seamlessly in a single network. Infrastructure meshing creates wireless backhaul mesh among wired Access Points and Wireless Routers. This reduces system backhaul costs while increasing network coverage and reliability. Client meshing enables wireless peer-to-peer networks to form between and among client devices (i.e., end users) and does not require any network infrastructure to be present. In this case, clients can hop through each other to reach other clients in the network.
See Ad hoc networks, Smart dust.
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