Mesh Link Establishment

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual in int area)
Author Richard Kelsey 
Last updated 2015-10-14 (latest revision 2014-05-23)
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status Proposed Standard
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This document defines the mesh link establishment (MLE) protocol for establishing and configuring secure radio links in IEEE 802.15.4 radio mesh networks. MLE extends IEEE 802.15.4 for use in multihop mesh networks by adding three capabilities: 1) dynamically configuring and securing radio links, 2) enabling network-wide changes to radio parameters, and 3) detecting neighboring devices. MLE operates below the routing layer, insulating it from the details of configuring, securing, and maintaining individual radio links within a larger mesh network.


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