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Assignment of an Ethertype for IPv6 with Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (LoWPAN) Encapsulation (RFC7973) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248349D
Original Publication Date: 2016-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Nov-17
Document File: 10 page(s) / 8K

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R. Droms: AUTHOR [+2]


The IETF defined "LoWPAN encapsulation", a format for IPv6 [RFC2460] datagram encapsulation [RFC4944]. This document regards any IPv6 datagram using the Dispatch octet as defined in Section 5.1 of RFC 4944 as using LoWPAN encapsulation. LoWPAN encapsulation as defined in RFC 4944 has been updated by [RFC6282], and may be extended and modified by future IETF Standards. The intended Layer 2 technology for IPv6 datagrams using LoWPAN encapsulation as originally defined is [IEEE.802.15.4_2011], which does not provide for a protocol switch in its Layer 2 headers.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          R. Droms Request for Comments: 7973 Category: Informational                                         P. Duffy ISSN: 2070-1721                                                    Cisco                                                            November 2016

                 Assignment of an Ethertype for IPv6 with     Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (LoWPAN) Encapsulation


   When carried over Layer 2 technologies such as Ethernet, IPv6    datagrams using Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (LoWPAN)    encapsulation as defined in RFC 4944 must be identified so the    receiver can correctly interpret the encoded IPv6 datagram.  The IETF    officially requested the assignment of an Ethertype for that purpose    and this document reports that assignment.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   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).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 7841.

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

Droms & Duffy                 Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7973           Ethertype for LoWPAN Encapsulation      November 2016

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2    2.  Assignment of an Ethertype by IEEE  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3    3.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3    4.  Security Considerations . ....