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Mobile ad-hoc network is a collection of wireless mobile nodes or stations which communicate with each other directly, and not through the aid of a centralized infrastructure. The main attributes of mobile ad-hoc networks are wireless connection, no stand-alone infrastructure, independent nodes and continuously changing topology. A number of routing protocols can be used to implement the mobile ad-hoc networks. In this paper, the authors have compared the performance of a prominent on-demand reactive routing protocol, the AODV, along with a pro-active routing protocol, the DSDV. The internal mechanisms of both the protocols lead to significant difference in their performance. Detailed simulations of both the protocols were carried out using NS2 network simulator.
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