Autoconfiguration protocols are important in maintaining mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs). In this paper, we present an autoconfiguration protocol called the one-step addressing (OSA) protocol characterized by its simplicity. Mathematical model is developed to evaluate the performance of the proposed protocol. The results of the model, which are validated by the simulation results, show that the OSA protocol outperforms the well-known token-based protocol in terms of both latency and communications overhead.
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