Date of Award

12-2009

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Weng, Ning

Abstract

Computers are becoming smaller and more mobile, as they do they are becoming relied upon more and more for critical applications. These applications require an always on high bandwidth connection from the field to the internet. It is this reason that techniques must be developed. In a system where a mobile router chooses amongst several differing types of networks, the router must be given as much information as possible so that it can make the best choice as to who it should connect to when it leaves its home network. This paper proposes that the mobile router be given a metric, called dynamic preference level, based upon the conditions of each possible next hop so that when the router needs to handoff from one access point to another it makes the best, informed, decision it can. This metric will use the amount of free bandwidth available in addition to other factors such as path loss.

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