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A Mobile Ad-hoc NETwork (MANET) is temporary organized wireless network that does not require the services of any networking infrastructure such as base stations or routers. Ad hoc On-demand Distance Vector routing (AODV) is a novel routing protocol for the operation of MANETs. Each mobile node operates as a specialized router and routes are obtained as needed i.e. on-demand with little or no reliance on periodic advertisements. In this paper, the authors carry out the performance analysis of AODV protocol over networks of different size using the OPNET simulator. The performance metrics selected for this analysis are Total Traffic Received, Traffic Load and Throughput. The simulated results show that AODV is an effective and efficient routing protocol for all forms of ad-hoc mobile networks.
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