International Journal of Computer Applications
The flexibility of WMNs affords their usage to provide broadband and communications services in many environments including rural domains. Routing protocols are central to the design of rural networks to ensure data availability and efficient performance especially under dynamic conditions of resource-constrained rural areas. In this paper, the authors review four routing protocols utilized for rural deployments namely AODV, OLSR, OSPF and Better Approach To Mobile Ad-hoc Networking (BATMAN) vis-a-vis the most critical metrics for rural requirements. Specifically, the comparative analysis shows the need for an objective evaluation of protocols for rural WMN scenarios.