Date Added: Aug 2010
A Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (aka MANET) is a set of mobile nodes which communicate over a multi-hop radio network, without relying on a stable infrastructure. In these networks, nodes are usually battery-operated devices that can communicate via radio with other devices that are in range. Due to unreliable power supply and mobility, nodes may have a continuously changing set of neighbors in that range. This dynamic nature makes it challenging to solve even the simplest communication problems in general. Hence, proposed protocols often have strong synchronization and stability requirements, like having a stable connected network for long enough time.