Ad hoc wireless networks

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Ad hoc wireless networks

Ad hoc wireless network is collection of two or more devices equipped with wireless communications and networking capability.


In Ad hoc wireless networks, mobile devices can exist in many forms and heterogeneity can affect communication performance and design of communication protocols. The ability of an ad hoc mobile device to act as a server or service provider will depend on the computation, memory, storage capacity, and battery life capacity. The heterogeneity presence implies that some devices are more powerful than others, and some can be servers while other can be clients. Despite the differences in ad hoc mobile devices, they can still be networked together wirelessly.


Sensor networks are a special category of Ad hoc wireless networks that are used to provide a wireless communication infrastructure among the sensors deployed in a specific application domain. Sensors nodes are tiny devices that have the capability of sensing physical parameters, processing the data gathered, and communicating over the network to the monitoring station. A sensor network is a collection of a large number of sensor nodes that are deployed in a particular region. Some of the domains of application for sensor networks are military, health care, home security, and environmental monitoring. The issues that make sensor networks a distinct category of Ad hoc wireless networks are as follows-

1.Mobility of nodes – Mobility of nodes is not a mandatory requirement in sensor networks (Ad hoc wireless networks). For example, the nodes deployed for periodic monitoring of soil properties are not required to be mobile.

2. Density of deployment – The density of nodes in a sensor network (Ad hoc wireless networks) varies with the domain of application. For example, military applications require high availability of the network, making redundancy a high priority.

3. Power constraints – The power constraints in sensor networks are much more stringent than those in Ad hoc wireless networks. The power sources used in sensor networks can be classified into the following three categories:

i). Replenishable power source

ii). Non-replenishable power source

iii). Regenerative power source

4. Data/information fusion – Data fusion refers to the aggregation of multiple packets into one before relaying it. Information fusion aims at processing the sensed data at the intermediate node and relaying the outcome to the monitor node.

 5. Traffic distribution – The communication traffic pattern varies with the domain of application in sensor networks. The sensor network (Ad hoc wireless networks) generates traffic on detection of certain events, in most cases these events might have time constraints for delivery.


Ad hoc wireless communication in Ad hoc wireless networks can occur in several different forms. One of form occurs when two or more devices are communicating among themselves and they are migrating in groups. The traffic pattern is, therefore, one where communications occur over a longer period of time. This resembles the scenario of remote-to-remote communication.

Types of traffic patterns for an ad hoc wireless environment-

Ad hoc wireless network

Ad hoc wireless networks


i). Mobile hosts in ad hoc mobile network can communicate with their immediate peers that are single hop away, i.e., peer-to-peer.

ii). If three or more nodes are within range of each other, not necessarily a single hop away from one another, then remote-to-remote mobile node communications exist.


i). Movements by Nodes in a Route:-

An ad hoc route comprises the source (SRC), destination (DEST), and a number of intermediate nodes (INs). Movement by any of these nodes affects the validity of the route. An SRC node has a downstream link and when it moves out of its downstream neighbor’s radio coverage range, the existing route will immediately become invalid. Likewise, when a DEST node moves out of the radio coverage of its upstream neighbor, the route become invalid. Similarly any movement by an IN supporting an existing route may cause the route to be invalid.

ii). Movements by Subnet-Bridging Nodes:-

Any movement by a node that is performing a subnet-bridging function between two mobile subnets can fragment the mobile subnet into smaller subnets. The property of a mobile subnet states that if both the SRC and DEST nodes are elements of the subnet, a route or routes should exists unless the subnet is partitioned by some subnet-bridging mobile nodes. On the other hand, movement can also result in subnets merging which yields bigger subnets.

iii). Concurrent Node Movements:-

In reality, concurrent movements by nodes exist. When multiple route reconfiguration or repair processes are invoked, rules are needed to ensure consistency.


The challenges faced by Ad hoc mobile networks (Ad hoc wireless networks) are as follows-

1.Spectrum allocation and purchase- To prevent interference, Ad hoc wireless networks must operate over some form of allowed or specified spectrum range.

2. Media access- In Ad hoc wireless networks, as the same media are shared by multiple mobile ad hoc nodes, so the access to the common channel must be made in a distributed fashion through the presence of a MAC protocol.

3. Routing- In Ad hoc wireless networks, existing distance vector and link-state-based routing protocols are unable to catch up with such frequent link changes, resulting in poor route convergence and very low communication throughput. For this reason, new routing protocols are needed.

4. Multicasting

5. Energy efficiency- In an Ad hoc wireless networks, forwarding packets on behalf of others consumes more power and this can be quite significant for nodes.

6. TCP performance- TCP is unable to distinguish the presence of mobility and network congestion. Some changes are needed to ensure that the transport protocol performs properly without affecting the end-to-end communication throughput.

7. Service location, Provision, and Access

8. Security and Privacy


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3 Responses to Ad hoc wireless networks

  1. Anonymous says:

    nice concepts thanks a lot. from Pakistan COMSATS UNIVERSITY OF iSLAMABAD.

  2. Rachita Mishra says:

    This is an important article.A wireless ad hoc network is a decentralized type of wireless network.[1] The network is ad hoc because it does not rely on a preexisting infrastructure, such as routers in wired networks or access points in managed (infrastructure) wireless networks. Instead, each node participates in routing by forwarding data for other nodes, so the determination of which nodes forward data is made dynamically on the basis of network connectivity.

  3. Shilpa Ranjan says:

    A very informative and descriptive article on the topic AD HOC network.Contains related diagrams with proper arrangement of theory in simple way.Going through the post can be useful and informative to enhance one’s knowledge. This topic is also studied as major projects in communication branch of engineering.

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