Wireless mesh networks, due to their typical architecture and deployment, are able to respond to user expectations as no other technology allows. Its typical multi-level approach facilitates local interactions by nearby wireless nodes from multiple users. Also, adaptation to user expectations on a dynamic manner is able to of further enhancing the capacity of these networks, while increasing its ubiquity. Nevertheless, these networks have no management model. In the paper we present the foundations for a management model for community aware networking. Design challenges for community management are identified and a management framework supporting the relevant concepts, linking social aspects and technology, is described.
Conference: ISCC 2008 IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications in Marrakech, Morocco