International Journal of Computer Science and Telecommunications
Mobile ad hoc networks are flexible networks consisting of nodes which are mobile and without a wired infrastructure. Due to its dynamic topology, it supports upcoming group applications like spontaneous joint activities and emergency operations. Different multicast routing protocols have been proposed for ad hoc networks each having certain levels of difficulties for routing during mobility of nodes and bandwidth constraints. Here, a simulation of a set of wireless ad hoc multicast protocols is evaluated under various network scenarios. The relative pros, cons, and area of application of each multicast protocol to different situations are analyzed using parameters like throughput, packet delivery ratio and average end-to-end delay.