Proposed Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams over FDDI Networks (RFC1188)
Original Publication Date: 1990-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This document specifies a method for the use of IP and ARP on FDDI networks. The encapsulation method used is described, as well as various media-specific issues.
Network Working Group D. Katz
Request for Comments: 1188 Merit/NSFNET
Obsoletes: RFC 1103 October 1990
A Proposed Standard for the Transmission of
IP Datagrams over FDDI Networks
Status of this Memo
This memo defines a method of encapsulating the Internet Protocol
(IP) datagrams and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) requests and
replies on Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) Networks. This
RFC specifies a protocol on the IAB Standards Track for the Internet
community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.
Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol
Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol.
This proposal is the product of the IP over FDDI Working Group of the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Comments on this memo should
be submitted to the IETF IP over FDDI Working Group Chair.
Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This document specifies a method for the use of IP and ARP on FDDI
networks. The encapsulation method used is described, as well as
various media-specific issues.
This memo draws heavily in both concept and text from RFC 1042 ,
written by Jon Postel and Joyce K. Reynolds of USC/Information
Sciences Institute. The author would also like to acknowledge the
contributions of the IP Over FDDI Working Group of the IETF, members
of ANSI ASC X3T9.5, and others in the FDDI community.
The following language conventions are used in the items of
specification in this document:
"Must," "Shall," or "Mandatory"--the item is an absolute
requirement of the specification.
"Should" or "Recommended"--the item should generally be followed
for all but exceptional circumstances.
"May" or "Optional"--the item is truly optional and may be
followed or ignored according to the needs of the implementor.
The goal of this specification is to allow compatible and
interoperable implementations for transmitting IP datagrams  and
ARP requests and replies .
The Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) specifications define a
family of standards for Local Area Networks (LANs) that provides the
Physical Layer and Media Access Control Sublayer of the Data Link
Layer as defined by the ISO Open System Interconnection Reference
Model (ISO/OSI). Documents are in various stages of progression
toward International Standardization for Media Access Control (MAC)
, Physical Layer Protocol (PHY) , Physical Layer Medium
Dependent (PMD) , and Station Management (SMT) . The family
of FDDI standards corresponds to the IEEE 802 MAC layer standards
[8, 9, 10].
The remainder of the Data Link Service is provided by the IEEE 802.2
Logical Link Control (LLC) service . The resulting stack of