Mesh Connectivity Layer (MCL) is a technology that allows a computer user to connect to a wireless mesh network that uses Wi-Fi or WiMax. The wireless mesh network can be connected to the Internet through a single computer using a leased T-1 line or broadband satellite connection, allowing all network users high-speed Internet access. The MCL system is being developed by Microsoft, in conjunction with several major universities, for computers that use Windows operating systems.Content Continues Below
The MCL system consists of a loadable Windows driver that acts as a virtual network adapter. Routing is done using a protocol called Link Quality Source Routing (LQSR), which is a Microsoft adaptation of the Dynamic Source Routing (DSR) protocol. MCL holds promise for people in remote areas who have not previously had access to high-speed Internet services. A single person or a small company could lease a T-1 line or broadband satellite connection, and then sell high-speed Internet service to members of the neighborhood for a modest fee. If there were enough users in the network, this fee could be competitive with individual medium-speed satellite Internet connections.