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Routing Algorithms for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks

Routing Algorithms for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
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Author(s): Saad Harous (University of Sharjah, UAE)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 11
Source title: Handbook of Research on Mobile Multimedia, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ismail Khalil (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-046-2.ch011


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In this chapter, we will introduce mobile ad hoc networks and issues related to routing data in such networks. Mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) are multi-hop networks made up of mobile nodes cooperating together to maintain the network connectivity. These kinds of network are very useful in situations where a temporary network is needed, such as military area, disaster area, and so on. MANET routing protocols are divided into two categories: proactive (table driven routing) and reactive (on-demand routing) routing. In conventional routing algorithms, if information is to be sent between two nodes, then the shortest path connecting these two nodes is found and used. However this approach does not take into consideration the fact that these devices are battery-operated, so the energy consumed is very important. A number of energy aware algorithms will be presented and their advantages and disadvantages will be discussed in this chapter. Also we will present and discuss the different metrics considered when designing a power aware routing algorithm

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