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By definition, "An ad hoc network is a collection of wireless mobile hosts forming a temporary network without aid of any centralized administration or standard support services regularly available on the wide-area network to which the host may normally be connected". MANET has afforded a new dimension in wireless networking; the technology gives its users a freedom to move anywhere while remaining in communication since it has become independent of communication infrastructure. Freedom from existing infrastructure has made MANETs more flexible, affordable and easily deployable in all terrains. MANETs are increasingly gaining popularity in all type of communication / networking environments including military and rescue operations, particularly disaster relief operations in areas void of communication infrastructure.
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