AWDS (Ad-hoc Wireless Distribution Service) is a Layer 2 routing protocol for Wireless Mesh Networks. It provides transparent Ethernet-like access to all participating nodes, thus easily allowing the employment of different higher level protocols like IP (with DHCP), IPv6, AppleTalk, ...

Technically, AWDS is a pro-active Link-State Routing protocol. It is a modular software running on top of the GEA (Generic Event Abstraction layer), which allows deployment on real hardware as well as on top of the NS-2 network simulator.

AWDS is a development effort at the Real-Time Systems and Communication working group of the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg.

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