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Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches and Internetworking Protocols, Second Edition by Radia Perlman

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Chapter 10. Connectionless Data Packet Formats

This chapter covers the data packet formats of various connectionless network layer protocols, including IP, CLNP, IPX, DECnet, AppleTalk, and IPv6. Again, you might think that all you care about is IP, but it's interesting to compare approaches. Also, you'll understand IP at a deeper level if you compare it to other things, and there is no other reference for seeing all the packet formats in one place.

Pieces of a Connectionless Network Layer

Connectionless network layer protocols tend to be described in several documents. The more or less separable pieces consist of the following.

  1. Basic connectionless service: This part of the network layer consists of the format for data packets and certain error ...

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