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Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Addressing Architecture (RFC3513)

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Original Publication Date: 2003-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Apr-11
Document File: 27 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Hinden: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This specification defines the addressing architecture of the IP Version 6 (IPv6) protocol. The document includes the IPv6 addressing model, text representations of IPv6 addresses, definition of IPv6 unicast addresses, anycast addresses, and multicast addresses, and an IPv6 node's required addresses.

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Network Working Group                                          R. Hinden

Request for Comments: 3513                                         Nokia

Obsoletes: 2373                                               S. Deering

Category: Standards Track                                  Cisco Systems

                                                              April 2003

       Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Addressing Architecture

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This specification defines the addressing architecture of the IP

   Version 6 (IPv6) protocol.  The document includes the IPv6 addressing

   model, text representations of IPv6 addresses, definition of IPv6

   unicast addresses, anycast addresses, and multicast addresses, and an

   IPv6 node's required addresses.

Hinden & Deering            Standards Track                     [Page 1]

RFC 3513              IPv6 Addressing Architecture            April 2003

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction.................................................3

   2. IPv6 Addressing..............................................3

      2.1 Addressing Model.........................................4

      2.2 Text Representation of Addresses.........................4

      2.3 Text Representation of Address Prefixes..................5

      2.4 Address Type Identification..............................6

      2.5 Unicast Addresses........................................7

          2.5.1 Interface Identifiers..............................8

          2.5.2 The Unspecified Address............................9

          2.5.3 The Loopback Address...............................9

          2.5.4 Global Unicast Addresses..........................10

          2.5.5 IPv6 Addresses with Embedded IPv4 Addresses.......10

          2.5.6 Local-use IPv6 Unicast Addresses..................11

      2.6 Anycast Addresses.......................................12

          2.6.1 Required Anycast Address..........................13

      2.7 Multicast Addresses.....................................13

          2.7.1 Pre-Defined Multicast Addresses...................15

      2.8 A Node's Required Addresses............................