Chapter 14

Technologies and applications


A discussion of wireless ad hoc networks in general is followed by an explanation of the features of wireless mesh networks (WMN) and wireless sensor networks (WSN). Routing protocols of proactive and reactive variants are presented. The Internet of things (IoT) is explained. IoT is composed of systems and networks that are primary subjects of this book, including WLAN and WPAN, as well as devices in infrastructure-less networks. We show how the special characteristics of optical communication and millimeter wavelength networks expand the scope of short-range wireless communication. Location awareness is introduced, and the three physical principles of distance measurement—signal strength, ...

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