Applicability Statement for the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Networks
RFC 8036

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                N. Cam-Winget, Ed.
Request for Comments: 8036                                 Cisco Systems
Category: Standards Track                                         J. Hui
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                     Nest
                                                                 D. Popa
                                                              Itron, Inc
                                                            January 2017

                      Applicability Statement for
     the Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) in
            Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Networks

Abstract

   This document discusses the applicability of the Routing Protocol for
   Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) in Advanced Metering
   Infrastructure (AMI) networks.

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 7841.

   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/rfc8036.

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Cam-Winget, et al.           Standards Track                    [Page 1]
RFC 8036                RPL Applicability for AMI           January 2017

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Required Reading  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.3.  Out-of-Scope Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   2.  Routing Protocol for LLNs (RPL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Description of AMI Networks for Electric Meters . . . . . . .   4
     3.1.  Deployment Scenarios  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Smart Grid Traffic Description  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.1.  Smart Grid Traffic Characteristics  . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.2.  Smart Grid Traffic QoS Requirements . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.3.  RPL Applicability per Smart Grid Traffic Characteristics    9
   5.  Layer-2 Applicability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  IEEE Wireless Technology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.2.  IEEE Power Line Communication (PLC) Technology  . . . . .   9
   6.  Using RPL to Meet Functional Requirements . . . . . . . . . .  10
   7.  RPL Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     7.1.  RPL Features  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       7.1.1.  RPL Instances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       7.1.2.  DAO Policy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       7.1.3.  Path Metrics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       7.1.4.  Objective Function  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       7.1.5.  DODAG Repair  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       7.1.6.  Multicast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       7.1.7.  Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     7.2.  Description of Layer-2 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       7.2.1.  IEEE 1901.2 PHY and MAC Sub-layer Features  . . . . .  13
       7.2.2.  IEEE 802.15.4 (Amendments G and E) PHY and MAC
               Features  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
       7.2.3.  IEEE MAC Sub-layer Security Features  . . . . . . . .  15
     7.3.  6LowPAN Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     7.4.  Recommended Configuration Defaults and Ranges . . . . . .  17
       7.4.1.  Trickle Parameters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
       7.4.2.  Other Parameters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   8.  Manageability Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
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