Mobile Ad Hoc Networking

Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) are an emerging type of wireless networking, in which mobile nodes associate on an extemporaneous or ad hoc basis. MANETs are both self-forming and self-healing, enabling peer-level communications between mobile nodes without reliance on centralized resources or fixed infrastructure.

These attributes enable MANETs to deliver significant benefits in virtually any scenario that includes a cadre of highly mobile users or platforms, a strong need to share IP-based information, and an environment in which fixed network infrastructure is impractical, impaired, or impossible. Key applications include disaster recovery, heavy construction, mining, transportation, defense, and special event management.

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