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Running IPv6 over low-power devices with limited resources

Expert Silvia Hagen explains what v6LoWPAN does and how it’s used.

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I don't understand the purpose of v6LoWPAN. Can you explain what it does and how it's used?

That stands for IPv6 over Low Power Wireless Personal Area Networks. A special working group in the Internet Engineering Task Force developed mechanisms, such as header compression and encapsulation, that allow administrators to run IPv6 over low-power devices with very limited resources. The main RFC is RFC 4944, "Transmission of IPv6 Packets over IEEE 802.15.4 Networks."

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This was first published in April 2013

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