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Standard for the transmission of IP datagrams over IEEE 802 networks (RFC1042)

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Original Publication Date: 1988-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 12 page(s) / 32K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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J. Postel: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The goal of this specification is to allow compatible and interoperable implementations for transmitting IP datagrams and ARP requests and replies. To achieve this it may be necessary in a few cases to limit the use that IP and ARP make of the capabilities of a particular IEEE 802 standard.

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Network Working Group J. Postel

Request for Comments: 1042 J. Reynolds

ISI

Obsoletes: RFC-948 February 1988

A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams over IEEE 802 Networks

Status of this Memo

This RFC specifies a standard method of encapsulating the Internet

Protocol (IP) [1] datagrams and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) [2]

requests and replies on IEEE 802 Networks. This RFC specifies a

protocol standard for the Internet community. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Acknowledgment

This memo would not exist with out the very significant contributions

of Drew Perkins of Carnegie Mellon University, Jacob Rekhter of the

T.J. Watson Research Center, IBM Corporation, and Joseph Cimmino of

the University of Maryland.

Introduction

The goal of this specification is to allow compatible and

interoperable implementations for transmitting IP datagrams and ARP

requests and replies. To achieve this it may be necessary in a few

cases to limit the use that IP and ARP make of the capabilities of a

particular IEEE 802 standard.

The IEEE 802 specifications define a family of standards for Local

Area Networks (LANs) that deal with the Physical and Data Link Layers

as defined by the ISO Open System Interconnection Reference Model

(ISO/OSI). Several Physical Layer standards (802.3, 802.4, and

802.5) [3,4,5] and one Data Link Layer Standard (802.2) [6] have been

defined. The IEEE Physical Layer standards specify the ISO/OSI

Physical Layer and the Media Access Control Sublayer of the ISO/OSI

Data Link Layer. The 802.2 Data Link Layer standard specifies the

Logical Link Control Sublayer of the ISO/OSI Data Link Layer.

This memo describes the use of IP and ARP on the three types of

networks. At this time, it is not necessary that the use of IP and

ARP be consistent across all three types of networks, only that it be

consistent within each type. This may change in the future as new

IEEE 802 standards are defined and the existing standards are revised

allowing for interoperability at the Data Link Layer.

It is the goal of this memo to specify enough about the use of IP and

ARP on each type of network to ensure that:

(1) all equipment using IP or ARP on 802.3 networks will

interoperate,

(2) all equipment using IP or ARP on 802.4 networks will

interoperate,

(3) all equipment using IP or ARP on 802.5 networks will

interoperate.

Of course, the goal of IP is interoperability between computers

attached to different networks, when those networks are

interconnected via an IP gateway [8]. The use of IEEE 802.1

compatible Transparent Bridges to allow interoperability across

different networks is not fully described pending completion of that

standard.

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