Applicability Statement: The Use of the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) Protocol Suite in Home Automation and Building Control
RFC 7733

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (February 2016; No errata)
Last updated 2016-02-18
Replaces draft-brandt-roll-rpl-applicability-home-building
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Brandt
Request for Comments: 7733                                 Sigma Designs
Category: Standards Track                                    E. Baccelli
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                    INRIA
                                                               R. Cragie
                                                                ARM Ltd.
                                                         P. van der Stok
                                                              Consultant
                                                           February 2016

        Applicability Statement: The Use of the Routing Protocol
         for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) Protocol Suite
                in Home Automation and Building Control

Abstract

   The purpose of this document is to provide guidance in the selection
   and use of protocols from the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and
   Lossy Networks (RPL) protocol suite to implement the features
   required for control in building and home environments.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
   Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7733.

Brandt, et al.               Standards Track                    [Page 1]
RFC 7733                RPL in Home and Building           February 2016

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Brandt, et al.               Standards Track                    [Page 2]
RFC 7733                RPL in Home and Building           February 2016

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................4
      1.1. Relationship to Other Documents ............................5
      1.2. Terminology ................................................6
      1.3. Required Reading ...........................................6
      1.4. Requirements That Are Out of Scope .........................6
   2. Deployment Scenario .............................................6
      2.1. Network Topologies .........................................7
      2.2. Traffic Characteristics ....................................8
           2.2.1. General .............................................9
           2.2.2. Source-Sink (SS) Communication Paradigm ............10
           2.2.3. Publish-Subscribe (PS, or Pub/Sub)
                  Communication Paradigm .............................10
           2.2.4. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Communication Paradigm ..........10
           2.2.5. Peer-to-Multipeer (P2MP) Communication Paradigm ....11
           2.2.6. Additional Considerations: Duocast and N-Cast ......11
           2.2.7. RPL Applicability per Communication Paradigm .......11
      2.3. Layer 2 Applicability .....................................13
   3. Using RPL to Meet Functional Requirements ......................13
   4. RPL Profile ....................................................14
      4.1. RPL Features ..............................................14
           4.1.1. RPL Instances ......................................15
           4.1.2. Storing vs. Non-Storing Mode .......................15
           4.1.3. DAO Policy .........................................15
           4.1.4. Path Metrics .......................................15
           4.1.5. Objective Function .................................16
           4.1.6. DODAG Repair .......................................16
           4.1.7. Multicast ..........................................16
           4.1.8. Security ...........................................17
           4.1.9. P2P Communications .................................21
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