International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
The study of routing protocols in MANETs is one that requires a great deal of research due to the challenges it poses as a consequence of continuous mobility and lack of infrastructure. Several factors such as throughput, packet delivery ratio, end to end delay, overhead and so on need to be considered to decide upon the most suitable protocol for Ad hoc communication. Basically, the routing protocols of MANETs can be categorized as proactive and reactive. In this paper, the authors' main focus has been to select a category of protocol out of two (i.e. proactive & reactive). For this, they have selected, implemented and analyzed the best protocols of these categories and compared the results, using NS2, NAM and AWK.