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The innate dynamicity and complexity of Mobile Ad-hoc NETworks (MANETs) has resulted in numerous ad-hoc routing protocols being proposed. Furthermore, numerous variants and hybrids continue to be reported in the literature. This diversity appears to be inherent to the field - it seems unlikely that there will ever be a 'One-size-fits-all' solution to the ad-hoc routing problem. However, typical deployment environments for ad-hoc routing protocols still force the choice of a single fixed protocol; and the resultant compromise can easily lead to sub-optimal performance, depending on current operating conditions. In this paper, the authors address this problem by exploring a framework approach to the construction and deployment of ad-hoc routing protocols.
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