Date Added: Jun 2012
Different types of wireless adhoc networks can be designed by the number of nodes participating in the network, the mobility pattern of nodes, the traffic demands of nodes, etc. Generally, there are three types of routing protocols used in adhoc wireless networks, each of them has distinct features and suitable for certain types of network environment. The first one is called table-driven or proactive routing. The second one is called on-demand or reactive routing. One of the distinctive features of this type of routing protocol is that nodes participate in routing only when necessary. The third type is called hybrid, which combines the features from both table-driven and on-demand routing protocols.