Self-configuring networks

``Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.''

- H. G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

Mobile ad-hoc networks should be self-configuring. This means that nodes who are to participate in a MANET should not need extensive knowledge of network parameters prior to joining the network. This should include automatic configuration of IP addresses. Although IP address auto-configuration is not explicitly mentioned in RFC2501, many ad-hoc networks would benefit from some generic auto configuration scheme. Not only to provide automatic IP address allocation, but also to detect more basic abilities of the MANET such as the routing protocol utilized.

In this chapter a proposed IP auto-configuration protocol for use in MANETs using a pro-active routing protocol, is presented. An implementation of the protocol has been made for olsrd. The protocol itself is to be released as an Internet draft.

Andreas 2004-07-29