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In Mobile Ad hoc NETworks (MANETs), random access and dynamic routing are two critical techniques for mobile nodes to convey information without centralized scheduling. Conventionally, random access and dynamic routing are implemented at the Medium Access Control (MAC) and the network layer, respectively. However, the current MAC protocol Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) cannot support dynamic routing efficiently. To overcome this limitation, the authors shall propose a cross-layer protocol which takes dynamic routing into consideration when the mobile nodes contend to access the channel.
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