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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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IPv6 ND General Operational Overview

As I just mentioned, the name of the ND protocol really does not do it justice. The protocol facilitates not merely the discovery of neighboring devices, but also a substantial number of functions related to local network connectivity, datagram routing, and configuration. Both regular hosts and routers in an IPv6 environment count on the ND protocol to facilitate important exchanges of information that are necessary for proper internetwork operation.

The ND protocol has a number of similarities to ICMP. An important one is that like ICMP, ND is a messaging protocol. It doesn't implement a single specific function, but rather a group of activities that are performed through the exchange of messages. This means ...

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