In Chap. 9 we described the many challenges of ad hoc networking, including mobile ad hoc networking. Most of these topics remain areas of active research, partly because the topics are new and partly because the characteristics of wireless networks are changing so rapidly that existing techniques may not be ideal or even suitable for future networks. As research progresses in these challenging problems, new approaches will be developed, and better protocols will be designed. Many of the core strategies, however, seem to have been identified. Therefore, in this chapter we take a closer look at the protocols that can be used to address these challenges.
Ad hoc networks, sensor networks in particular, ...