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In this paper, the authors present a comparative performance of three multicast protocols for Mobile Ad hoc Networks - ODMRP, AMRIS and MAODV focusing on the effects of changes such as the increasing number of receivers or sources and increasing the number of nodes. Although some simulation results of MANET protocols have been published before, these three protocols have not been compared in isolation. In recent years, a number of new multicast protocols have been proposed for ad hoc networks. A systematic performance evaluation of these protocols is done by performing certain simulations under NS-2. The applicability of multicast protocols to diverse situation are also studied and discussed.
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