Date Added: May 2010
A Mobile Ad hoc NETwork (MANET) is an infrastructure-less, spontaneous, and arbitrary multi-hop wireless network, consisting of group of mobile nodes. The topology of the network changes randomly due to unpredictable mobility of nodes. In order to allow truly spontaneous and infrastructure-less networking, a protocol for dynamic allocation of unique addresses is needed, The pre-configuration of addresses is not a possibility in MANET and every node must configure its network interface with a unique address in order to communicate with other nodes so that the packets can be relayed hop by hop and delivered ultimately to the destination. Allocating addresses in mobile ad hoc network is a challenging task.