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. Basically, the routing protocols of MANETs can be categorized as proactive and reactive. In this paper, our main focus has been to select a category of protocol out of two. Implemented and analysed the best protocols of these categories and compared the results, using NS2. The protocols that we have selected are OLSR and AODV from proactive and reactive categories respectively, based on their relative advantages and disadvantages in comparison to the other protocols of their category.
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