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Automatically Choosing an IP Address in an Ad-Hoc IPv4 Network

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (dhc WG)
Expired & archived
Author Ryan Troll
Last updated 2000-03-14
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status (None)
Additional resources Mailing list discussion
Stream WG state WG Document
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IESG IESG state Expired
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With operating systems appearing in more and more devices, as well as computers appearing in more and more aspects of everyday life, communication between networked devices is increasingly important. The communication mechanism between these devices must be able to not only support the office LAN environment, but must also scale to larger WANS and the internet. This draft describes a method by which a host may automatically give itself a link-local IPv4 address, so that it will be able to use IP applications in the absence of an IP address management mechanism, such as DHCP. This mechanism is in use today by a few operating systems, and additional information on those implementations is also provided.


Ryan Troll

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