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A Mobile Ad Hoc NETwork (MANET) consists of a set of identical mobile nodes communicating with each other via wireless links. The network's topology may change rapidly and unpredictably. Such networks may operate in a stand-alone fashion, or may be connected to the larger Internet. In traditional networks, hosts rely on centralized servers like DHCP for configuration, but this cannot be extended to MANETs because of their distributed and dynamic nature. Many schemes have been proposed to solve this problem. Some of these approaches try to extend the IPv6 stateless auto configuration mechanism to MANETs, some use flooding the entire network to come up with a unique IP address, and others distribute IP addresses among nodes so that each node can independently configure new nodes.
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