Wireless Sensor Network vs Ad hoc Network-difference between Wireless Sensor Network and Ad hoc Network
This page compares WSN i.e. Wireless Sensor Network vs Ad hoc Network and mentions difference between Wireless Sensor Network and Ad hoc Network. WSN is the short form of Wireless Sensor Network.
WSN-Wireless Sensor Network
Following are the features of WSN:
• WSN is a network which is made of large number of sensor nodes known as sensor motes. This nodes are self directed and low powered devices.
• These nodes collect, process and convey the data to users.
• The WSN nodes perform less computing and processing.
• The nodes are energy efficient.
• WSN need infrastructure and has large number of nodes in hundreds or thousands.
Refer Article on WSN basics➤ for more information.
Ad hoc Network
Unlike WSN, ad hoc network do not require any infrastructure and has less number of nodes. Following table mentions features of Ad hoc network and mentions difference between wireless sensor network(WSN) and Ad Hoc network types.
|Feature||Wireless Sensor Network||Ad hoc Network|
|Number of sensor nodes or motes||Large in quantity||Medium in quantity|
|Deployment type||Very much dense||Scattered|
|Rate of failure||More||Very rare|
|Change in network topology||frequency||rare|
|Communication mode||Broadcast||point to point|
|Battery||Not replaceable / Not rechargeable||Replaceable|
|Identifiers (IDs) used in the network||No unique IDs||Unique IDs|
|Centric mode||based on data||based on address|
|Computational capacities & memory requirement||Limited||Not limited|
|Data rate support provided||Lower||Higher|
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