Academy & Industry Research Collaboration Center (AIRCC)

Volume 9, Number 18, December 2019

An Overview of Auto-configuration Protocols in Mobile Ad Hoc Wireless Multi-hop Network


Adel R. Alharbi, University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia


An ad hoc wireless IP multi-hop network is a collection of wireless IP protocol capable nodes that start in an unknown physical formation in the vicinity of a wireless IP portal to a wired IP network. While some wireless nodes might be in radio (wireless) range of the portal, other nodes might only be in radio range of one or more other nodes that in turn may in range of the portal and/or other wireless nodes. IP data-grams would travel from one node to another until the data-gram is delivered to the portal or the destination node. All wireless nodes are assumed to be one or more hop away from the wireless IP portal. This paper reviews an autoconfigure method of a mobile ad hoc network and to route IP traffic using existing mobile ad hoc network routing protocols. This method have the best characteristics in protocol overhead, robustness, convergence time, and scalability. The optimal mobile ad hoc network routing protocol can be chosen which best meets these characteristics for the given topology and operational profile. Finally, this method will efficiently use the address space allotted to the DHCP server.


Wireless LAN, communication systems routing, mobile communications, auto-configuration protocols, MANET