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Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs) are expected to become more and more important in the upcoming years. In order to enable the establishment of IP services in MANETs, IP address auto configuration mechanisms are required. In this paper, the authors review the existing solutions to interconnect MANETs, but find them lacking in robustness and flexibility. In a wired network, layer three address assignments is a task that is mostly performed by Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), an easy to manage centralized network component that can be reaching by every node of the network by simply speaking or hearing through the wired media.
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