Date Added: Sep 2012
Ad-hoc On-demand Distance Vector (AODV) is a routing protocol used for Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (MANET). MANET is formed by mobile nodes connected by multi-hop wireless links without centralized access points or backbone network. Popularity of MANET has been increased because of the availability of license-free wireless communication devices. MANETs can be used for disaster-management, business meetings, military operations, rescue operations, or in a situation where temporary communication network among some nodes is demanded. Routing protocols used in fixed infrastructure networks cannot be efficiently used for mobile ad-hoc networks, so that MANET requires different protocols.