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International Journal of Soft Computing

Year: 2010  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 194 - 199

An Investigation on Performance Analysis and Comparison of Proactive and Reactive Routing Protocols in Mobile Ad-Hoc Network

S. Kannan, S. Karthik and V.P. Arunachalam

Abstract

Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (MANET) is a collection of wireless mobile hosts forming a temporary network without the aid of any stand-alone infrastructure or centralized administration. Mobile ad-hoc networks are self-organizing and self-configuring multihop wireless networks where the structure of the network changes dynamically. This is mainly due to the mobility of nodes. The nodes in the network not only acts as hosts but also as routers that route data to or from other nodes in network. In mobile ad-hoc networks a routing procedure is always needed to find a path so as to forward the packets appropriately between the source and the destination. The main aim of any ad-hoc network routing protocol is to meet the challenges of the dynamically changing topology and establish a correct and an efficient communication path between any two nodes with minimum routing overhead and bandwidth consumption. The design problem of such a routing protocol is not simple since, an ad-hoc environment introduces new challenges that are not present in fixed networks. A number of routing protocols have been proposed for this purpose like Ad-Hoc On Demand Distance Vector (AODV), Dynamic Source Routing (DSR), Destination-Sequenced Distance Vector (DSDV). In this research, we study and compare the performance of the following three routing protocols AODV, DSR and DSDV.

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