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Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANETs) as well as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) suffer from various challenges like low bandwidth, overhead and velocity of nodes. This research contribution is the characterization study between MANETs and WSNs environment with respect to various routing protocols. This study investigates the routing protocols corresponding to packet delivery ratio, routing overhead, throughput and average to end-to-end delay. For MANETs, three protocols AODV, DSDV and TORA are selected and a performance study is done. The AODV perform better in MANETs and given better output, but performance of TORA is very poor and not reliable for MANETs.
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