Wikipedia has a good description of the different Ad-hoc network we can deploy. They mention:

  • MANET - Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks - Each device in a MANET is free to move independently in any direction, and will therefore change its links to other devices frequently. Each must forward traffic unrelated to its own use, and therefore be a router. The primary challenge in building a MANET is equipping each device to continuously maintain the information required to properly route traffic. Such networks may operate by themselves or may be connected to the larger Internet.
  • WMN - Wireless Mesh Networks - a general case of all of those
  • WSN - Wireless Sensor Networks - those are for sensors

So which one is it? The idea here is to read up on this documentation too.

done - i read summaries of the articles, and we are basically a Wireless Mesh Network. While some nodes can be mobile, they are not yet well deployed or supported because of insufficient coverage. And while there can be sensors on the network, it is not the primary purpose of the network. --anarcat