Date Added: Jan 2011
A Mobile Ad Hoc NETwork (MANET) is an autonomous network that can be formed without of any established infrastructure. It consists of mobile nodes equipped with a wireless interface that are free to move and communicate. The mobile nodes act as host and routers, which has routing capabilities that create multi-hop paths connecting nodes which cannot directly communicate. However, the idea of facilitating the integration of MANETs and fixed IP networks has gained a lot of momentum within the research community of late. In the near future the mobile nodes are expected to form dynamic hybrid MANET which provide service information for ubiquitous access.