A Survey of Multicast Routing Protocols in Ad-Hoc Networks
Multicast routing in wireless networking is the newest technology that works with network groups. Multicast routing plays an important role in point-to-point or multipoint-to-multipoint communications. Multicast routing gives wireless networks more efficient, reliable and secure than unicast routing, because the speed of the protocols and techniques that are developed or combined on multicast routing to work with wireless technology. There are a lot of multicast routing protocols, some of them works with wired networks while the others work with wireless; some protocols deal with both wired and wireless networks. In this paper, multicast routing protocols that deal with ad-hoc networks are discussed; a general overview has been given on multicast protocols, describing how they work and showing the reasons for developing these protocols. Also comparisons are made between the protocols to explain the advantages and limitations. Finally, future researches that can be made on multicast routing protocol have been also discussed.
Keyword: Multicast Routin