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Experimental study of security architectures for wireless mesh networks

by Fabio Martignon, Stefano Paris
2009 6th IEEE Annual Communications Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks Workshops, SECON Workshops 2009 ()

Abstract

In this paper we demonstrate the potential of MobiSEC, a complete security architecture for wireless mesh networks (WMNs), that provides both access control for mesh users and routers as well as a key distribution scheme. MobiSEC has been implemented and integrated in MobiMESH, a WMN implementation that provides a complete framework for testing and analyzing the behavior of a mesh network in real-life environments. Our experimental testbed compares MobiSEC both with a static fixed-key approach and with an end-to-end solution that consists in establishing an encrypted IPSec tunnel. Experimental studies show that MobiSEC considerably increases the WMN security, with a negligible impact on the network performance, thus representing an effective solution for wireless mesh networking.

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