A review of current on-demand routing protocols

Mehran Abolhasan, Tadeusz Wysocki, Eryk Dutkiewicz

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Mobile ad hoc networks are data networks entirely made up of enduser communication terminals (known as nodes). Each node in the network can act as an information sink (i.e. a receiver), a source and a router. All nodes have a transmission range, which is limited by their transmission power, attenuation and interference. Mobile ad hoc networks have a number of disadvantages over wired networks. These include limited bandwidth in the wireless medium, limited power supply and mobility. The traditional routing algorithms such as DBF will not work in such networks due to lack of scalability and ability to cope with highly mobile networks. Recently, a number of routing protocols have been designed to overcome these issues. These protocols can be classified into three different categories: global, on-demand and hybrid routing. In this paper, we provide a performance comparison for on-demand routing protocols, which is based on a number of different parameters. This paper also considers which protocol characteristics will produce better performance levels in these networks, and what improvements can be made to further increase the efficiency of some of these routing protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNetworking - ICN 2001
Subtitle of host publicationFirst International Conference on Networking Colmar, France, July 9–13, 2001 Proceedings, Part II
EditorsPascal Lorenz
Place of PublicationBerlin; New York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783540477341
ISBN (Print)3540423036, 9783540423034
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Networking, ICN - 2001 - Colmar, France
Duration: 9 Jul 200113 Jul 2001

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Other1st International Conference on Networking, ICN - 2001


  • Mobile ad-hoc networks
  • On-demand routing
  • Uni-cast routing protocols

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