Date Added: Mar 2013
A network which does not require any fixed pre-existing infrastructure and can be defined as a set of mobile nodes is called MANET. In MANET mobile nodes are communicating through wireless medium. In MANET all mobile nodes behaves as router and when required they takes part in discovery and maintenance of the route to the other node. One of the major challenges in designing a routing protocol for the MANET is to determine a packet route; a node needs to know at least about its neighbors. On the other hand in MANET wireless networks conditions changes frequently with time due to the mobile nodes thus routing becomes a challenging task. To serve this purposes various proactive, reactive and hybrid routing protocols are developed by researchers.