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In this paper, we analyze the impact of physical propagation model on the performance of ad-hoc network routing protocols. The impact of different propagation environments on a typical routing protocol such as OLSR is presented through simulations. A log-distance path loss model is used to model two different environments: open_environment characterized by open area and city_environment characterized by urban environment. We will show that the network throughput degrades and the average delay and the routing packet overhead significantly increase in a higher attenuating environment such as the city_environment.
Date of Conference: 16-18 Dec. 2008