Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net)
In this paper, the authors present a novel Ad hoc network management mechanism UANM to provide unified management functionalities for nodes in an Ad hoc network. UANM adopts a cross layer cooperating management scheme to coordinate the pertinent behaviors of routing and application layer modules. It employs manager and agent model as SNMP. Nevertheless, when manager node needs to send management data packets to agent nodes and there is no available communication route, it will send out the management data packets in the process of route discovery. Thus manager node can finish part of the management work with much less delay and there will be significant energy consumption reduction for the nodes that are involved in the related communications.