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2.4.3 Mobile Ad-hoc Networks (manet)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 52nd IETF Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah USA. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 05-Dec-01
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Bill Fenner <>
Routing Area Advisor:
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Description of Working Group:
A "mobile ad hoc network" (MANET) is an autonomous system of mobile routers (and associated hosts) connected by wireless links--the union of which form an arbitrary graph. The routers are free to move randomly and organize themselves arbitrarily; thus, the network's wireless topology may change rapidly and unpredictably. Such a network may operate in a standalone fashion, or may be connected to the larger Internet.

The primary focus of the working group is to develop and evolve MANET routing specification(s) and introduce them to the Internet Standards track. The goal is to support networks scaling up to hundreds of routers. If this proves successful, future work may include development of other protocols to support additional routing functionality. The working group will also serve as a meeting place and forum for those developing and experimenting with MANET approaches.

The working group will examine related security issues around MANET. It will consider the intended usage environments, and the threats that are (or are not) meaningful within that environment.

Goals and Milestones:
Done   Post as an informational Internet-Drafts a discussion of mobile ad-hoc networking and issues.
Done   Agenda bashing, discussion of charter and of mobile ad hoc networking draft.
Oct 97   Post Internet-Drafts for candidate protocols.
Done   Discuss proposed protocols and issues. Redefine charter.
Feb 98   Submit Internet-Draft of MANET Routing Protocol Performanc Issues and Evaluation Considerations to IESG for publication as an informational RFC.
Feb 98   Submit Internet-Draft of MANET Terminology Document to IESG for publication as an informational RFC.
Mar 98   Revise candidate I-Ds as appropriate
Aug 98   Target demonstration of working software prototypes
Mar 99   Target interoperable implementations, and review any required protocol modifications. Publish as I-D
Dec 99   Document and submit protocol specification(s) to IESG as proposed standards
Request For Comments:
RFC2501 Mobile Ad hoc Networking (MANET): Routing Protocol Performance Issues and Evaluation Considerations

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