Chapter 40. DECnet


  • Describe the development history of the DECnet protocol, used primarily in Digital Equipment Corporation minicomputers.

  • Describe the architecture of DECnet networks.

  • Discuss the addressing methods of DECnet.

  • Describe implementation and access methods of DECnet.

  • Describe additional protocols implemented in DECnet networks, including protocols used in the upper layers of the OSI reference model.


DECnet is a group of data communications products, including a protocol suite, developed and supported by Digital Equipment Corporation (Digital). The first version of DECnet, released in 1975, allowed two directly attached PDP-11 minicomputers to communicate. In recent years, Digital has included support for nonproprietary ...

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