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Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs) enable the communication between mobile nodes via multi-hop wireless routes without depending on a communication infrastructure. In contrast, to infrastructure-based networks, MANETs support autonomous and spontaneous networking and, thus, should be capable of self-organization and -configuration. This paper presents PACMAN, a novel approach for the efficient distributed address autoconfiguration of mobile ad hoc networks. Special features of PACMAN are the support for frequent network partitioning and merging, and very low protocol overhead. This is accomplished by using cross-layer information derived from ongoing routing protocol traffic. E.g., address conflicts are detected in a passive manner based on anomalies in routing protocol traffic.
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