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IP Tunnels in the Internet Architecture

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This is an older version of an Internet-Draft whose latest revision state is "Expired".
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Authors Dr. Joseph D. Touch , Mark Townsley
Last updated 2017-01-07 (Latest revision 2016-07-06)
Replaces draft-touch-intarea-tunnels
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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Stream WG state WG Document
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IESG IESG state Expired
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This document discusses the role of IP tunnels in the Internet architecture, in which IP datagrams are carried as payloads in non- link layer protocols. It explains their relationship to existing protocol layers and the challenges in supporting IP tunneling based on the equivalence of tunnels to links.


Dr. Joseph D. Touch
Mark Townsley

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