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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Chapter 26. IPV6 DATAGRAM ENCAPSULATION AND FORMATTING

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Delivery of data over Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) internetworks is accomplished by encapsulating higher-layer data into IPv6 datagrams. These serve the same general purpose for IPv6 as IPv4 datagrams do in the older version of the protocol. However, they have been redesigned as part of the overall changes represented by IPv6. IPv6 datagrams have a flexible structure, and their format better matches the needs of current IP networks.

In this chapter, I take a look at the format used for IPv6 datagrams. I begin with an overview of the general structure of IPv6 datagrams, describe the major ...

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