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Compression Format for IPv6 Datagrams over IEEE 802.15.4-Based Networks (RFC6282) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212901D
Original Publication Date: 2011-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2011-Nov-30
Document File: 48 page(s) / 53K

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J. Hui: AUTHOR [+3]


The [IEEE802.15.4] standard specifies an MTU of 127 bytes, yielding about 80 octets of actual Media Access Control (MAC) payload with security enabled, on a wireless link with a link throughput of 250 kbps or less. The 6LoWPAN adaptation format [RFC4944] was specified to carry IPv6 datagrams over such constrained links, taking into account limited bandwidth, memory, or energy resources that are expected in applications such as wireless sensor networks. [RFC4944] defines a Mesh Addressing header to support sub-IP forwarding, a Fragmentation header to support the IPv6 minimum MTU requirement [RFC2460], and stateless header compression for IPv6 datagrams (LOWPAN_HC1 and LOWPAN_HC2) to reduce the relatively large IPv6 and UDP headers down to (in the best case) several bytes.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                       J. Hui, Ed. Request for Comments: 6282                         Arch Rock Corporation Updates: 4944                                                 P. Thubert Category: Standards Track                                          Cisco ISSN: 2070-1721                                           September 2011

                  Compression Format for IPv6 Datagrams                    over IEEE 802.15.4-Based Networks


   This document updates RFC 4944, "Transmission of IPv6 Packets over    IEEE 802.15.4 Networks".  This document specifies an IPv6 header    compression format for IPv6 packet delivery in Low Power Wireless    Personal Area Networks (6LoWPANs).  The compression format relies on    shared context to allow compression of arbitrary prefixes.  How the    information is maintained in that shared context is out of scope.    This document specifies compression of multicast addresses and a    framework for compressing next headers.  UDP header compression is    specified within this framework.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

 Hui & Thubert                Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 6282             IPv6 Datagrams on IEEE 802.15.4      September 2011

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