ANts P2P Program Guide
ANts P2P realizes a third generation P2P net.
How does it work?
ANts is NOT a common P2P software. The net you join using the ANts client is an AD-HOC network.
In the classic p2p networks files are exchanged by means of direct connections among users that want to share a file.
In ad-hoc networks two nodes (say A and B) don't need a direct connection to comunicate each other, cause the comunication is realized by channels passing through other nodes:
ANts use this feature tipical of ad-hoc networks in order to grant anonimity and private communications. Realizing protected channels through any couple of nodes and making impossible for a node to identify the real peer it is communicating with (zero-knowledge routing protocol).
If you want to know more about the protocol and the network implementation please visit the official website in the web-links section of this guide, where you can find a full coverage and useful links to understand better ad-hoc networking.