IEEE 802.15.4 Information Element for IETF
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Network Working Group                                         T. Kivinen
Internet-Draft                                             INSIDE Secure
Intended status: Informational                                 P. Kinney
Expires: September 2, 2017                         Kinney Consulting LLC
                                                           March 1, 2017

               IEEE 802.15.4 Information Element for IETF
                     draft-kivinen-802-15-ie-06.txt

Abstract

   IEEE Std 802.15.4 defines Information Elements (IEs) that can be used
   to extend 802.15.4 in an interoperable manner.  The IEEE 802.15
   Assigned Numbers Authority (ANA) manages the registry of the
   Information Elements.  This document formulates a request for ANA to
   allocate a number from that registry for IETF, and describes how the
   IE is formatted to provide subtypes.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Working Groups Benefiting from the IETF 802.15.4 IE . . . . .   3
   4.  IETF IE Subtype Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  Request to allocate IETF IE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   7.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   Appendix A.  Vendor Specific IE in IEEE 802.15.4  . . . . . . . .   6
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

1.  Introduction

   IEEE Std 802.15.4 [IEEE-802-15-4] is a standard, referred to by RFC
   4944 ([RFC4944]), et al, that enables very low-cost, low-power
   communications.  The standard defines numerous optional physical
   layers (PHYs),operating in many different frequency bands with a
   simple and effective medium access control (MAC).

   IEEE Std 802.15.4 defines Information Elements (IEs) that can be used
   to extend 802.15.4 in an interoperable manner.  An information
   element (IE) provides a flexible, extensible, and easily
   implementable method of encapsulating information.  The general
   format of an IE as defined in 7.4 of IEEE Std 802.15.4-2015
   [IEEE-802-15-4], consists of an identification (ID) field, a length
   field, and a content field.  Multiple IEs may be concatenated, and
   elements with unknown ID values in a list of IEs can be skipped since
   their length is known.  IEs provide a flexible container for
   information that allows for adding new IE definitions in future
   versions of the standard in a backwards-compatible manner.

   There are two different IE types, Header IE and Payload IE.  A Header
   IE is part of the Medium Access Control (MAC) header; it is never
   encrypted, but may be authenticated.  Most of the Header IE
   processing is done by the MAC, and IETF protocols should not have any
   direct effect on that processing.  A Payload IE is part of the MAC
   payload, and may be encrypted and authenticated.
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