(also MANET, wireless ad hoc network, WANET)
A mobile ad hoc network is a decentralized self-configuring wireless network of mobile devices (such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets) connected by wireless links. Unlike traditional networks, mobile ad hoc networks may be set up and run without any pre-existing infrastructure (such as cables or routers).
Each device in a mobile ad hoc network may be moved freely within the network coverage area, reconfiguring its links to other network devices automatically. The convenience of mobile ad hoc networks comes at a cost — these networks are vulnerable to a number of attacks, such as eavesdropping and jamming.
See also: wireless network security, wireless fidelity
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