Multicast is a very efficient technology in one-to-many communication scenarios. With the popularity of mobile devices, and demanding group information exchange, multicast in mobile ad hoc networks attracts much research attention. This paper reviews the state-of-art multicast protocols and classifies them into two categories: tree-based and mesh-based. We review one classic protocol closely for each category and briefly describe others. Then some open problems were discussed such as scalability and reliability.


ad hoc Networks Multicast MAODV ODMRP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhijun Wang
    • 1
  • Yong Liang
    • 1
  • Lu Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information Science and EngineeringShandong Agricultural UniversityChina

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