Performance of Proactive and Reactive Protocols in MANET
An ad-hoc network is a collection of wireless mobile nodes dynamically forming a temporary network without the aid of any established infrastructure or centralized administration. The system may operate in isolation, or may have gateways to interface with a fixed network. Ad hoc networks have no fixed routers; all nodes are capable of movement and can be connected dynamically in an arbitrary manner. Nodes of these networks, which function as routers, discover and maintain routes to other nodes in the network. The topology of the ad hoc network depends on the transmission power of the nodes and the location of the mobile nodes, which may change with time. The nodes (a router wit h multiple hosts and wireless communications devices) are free to move about and organize themselves randomly.