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Performance Analysis of AODV & DSR Routing Protocol in Mobile Ad hoc Networks

© 2010 by IJCA Journal
Number 4 - Article 9
Year of Publication: 2010
Amit N. Thakare
Mrs. M. Y. Joshi

Amit N.Thakare and Mrs. M Y Joshi. Article:Performance Analysis of AODV & DSR Routing Protocol in Mobile Ad hoc Networks. IJCA Special Issue on MANETs (4):211–218, 2010. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Amit N.Thakare and Mrs. M. Y. Joshi},
	title = {Article:Performance Analysis of AODV & DSR Routing Protocol in Mobile Ad hoc Networks},
	journal = {IJCA Special Issue on MANETs},
	year = {2010},
	number = {4},
	pages = {211--218},
	note = {Full text available}


Mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is an autonomous system of mobile nodes connected by wireless links. Each node operates not only as an end system, but also as a router to forward packets. The nodes are free to move about and organize themselves into a network. These nodes change position frequently. The main classes of routing protocols are Proactive, Reactive and Hybrid. A Reactive (on-demand) routing strategy is a popular routing category for wireless ad hoc routing. It is a relatively new routing philosophy that provides a scalable solution to relatively large network topologies. The design follows the idea that each node tries to reduce routing overhead by sending routing packets whenever a communication is requested. In this paper an attempt has been made to compare the performance of two prominent on demand reactive routing protocols for MANETs: Ad hoc On Demand Distance Vector (AODV), Dynamic Source Routing (DSR) protocols. DSR and AODV are reactive gateway discovery algorithms where a mobile device of MANET connects by gateway only when it is needed. As per our findings the differences in the protocol mechanics lead to significant performance differentials for both of these protocols. The performance differentials are analyzed using varying simulation time. These simulations are carried out using the ns-2 network simulator. The results presented in this work illustrate the importance in carefully evaluating and implementing routing protocols in an ad hoc environment.


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