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A mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is usually assumed to be homogeneous, where each mobile node shares the same radio capacity. However, a homogeneous ad hoc network suffers from poor scalability. Recent research has demonstrated its performance bottleneck both theoretically and through simulation experiments and testbed measurement Building a physically hierarchical ad hoc network is a very promising way to achieve good scalability. In this paper, we present a design methodology to build a hierarchical large-scale ad hoc network using different types of radio capabilities at different layers. In such a structure, nodes are first dynamically grouped into multihop clusters. Each group elects a cluster-head to be a backbone node (BN). Then higher-level links are established to connect the BN into a backbone network. Following this method recursively, a multilevel hierarchical network can be established. Three critical issues are addressed in this paper. We first analyze the optimal number of BN for a layer in theory. Then, we propose a new stable clustering scheme to deploy the BN. Finally LANMAR routing is extended to operate the physical hierarchy efficiently. Simulation results using GloMoSim show that our proposed schemes achieve good performance.