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Informative Article | Computer Science & Engineering | India | Volume 2 Issue 4, April 2013
Mobile Ad hoc Network
R. Marutha Veni  | R. Latha 
Abstract: A mobile ad-hoc network (MANET) is a self-configuring infrastructure less network of mobile devices connected by wireless. Each device in a MANET is free to move independently in any direction, and will therefore change its links to other devices frequently. Each must forward traffic unrelated to its own use, and therefore be a router. The primary challenge in building a MANET is equipping each device to continuously maintain the information required to properly route traffic. Such networks may operate by themselves or may be connected to the larger Internet. MANETs are a kind of wireless ad hoc networks that usually has a routable networking environment on top of a Link Layer ad hoc network. A MANET is a type of ad hoc network that can change locations and configure itself on the fly. Some MANETs are restricted to a local area of wireless devices (such as a group of laptop computers), while others may be connected to the Internet. The set of applications for MANETs is diverse, ranging from small, static networks that are constrained by power sources, to large-scale, mobile, highly dynamic networks. The design of network protocols for these networks is a complex issue. Regardless of the application, MANETs need efficient distributed algorithms to determine network organization, link scheduling, and routing.
Keywords: Mobile ad hoc networks, Security, Classifications, Highly Dynamic networks
Edition: Volume 2 Issue 4, April 2013,
Pages: 74 - 79
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