Internet Connectivity for Ad Hoc Mobile Networks

  • Yuan Sun
  • Elizabeth M. Belding-Royer
  • Charles E. Perkins


The growing deployment rate of wireless LANs indicates that wireless networking is rapidly becoming a prevalent form of communication. As users become more accustomed to the use of mobile devices, they increasingly want the additional benefit of roaming. The Mobile IP protocol has been developed as a solution for allowing users to roam outside of their home networks while still retaining network connectivity. The problem with this solution, however, is that the deployment of foreign agents is expensive because their coverage areas are limited due to fading and interference. To reduce the number of foreign agents needed while still maintaining the same coverage, ad hoc network functionality can cooperate with Mobile IP such that multihop routes between mobile nodes and foreign agents can be utilized. In this work, we present a method for enabling the cooperation of Mobile IP and the Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector (AODV) routing protocol, such that mobile nodes that are not within direct transmission range of a foreign agent can still obtain Internet connectivity. In addition, we describe how duplicate address detection can be used in these networks to obtain a unique co-located care-of address when a foreign agent is not available.

ad hoc networking mobile networking wireless networks mobile IP 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan Sun
    • 1
  • Elizabeth M. Belding-Royer
    • 1
  • Charles E. Perkins
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraCalifornia
  2. 2.Communications System Laboratory

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