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This conference paper was originally published as M Abolhasan, B Hagelstein & JC-P Wang, Real-world performance of current proactive multi-hop mesh protocols, IEEE APCC, Shanghai, China, 8-10th October 2009. Original conference information here. Published version avialable here


The proliferation of mesh or ad hoc network protocols has lead to a push for protocol standardisation. While there are a number of both open-source and proprietary mesh routing protocols being developed, there is only a small amount of literature available that shows relative strengths and weaknesses of different protocols. This paper investigates the performance of a number of available routing protocols using a real-world testbed. Three routing protocols - Optimised Link State Routing (OLSR), Better Approach To Mobile Ad hoc Network (B.A.T.M.A.N.) and BABEL - were chosen for this study. Our investigations focus on the multi-hopping performance and the ability of each routing protocol to recover from link failures. Our results show that B.A.T.M.A.N. and BABEL outperform OLSR both in terms of multi-hopping performance and in route re-discovery latency.



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