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Extending IP to Low-Power, Wireless Personal Area Networks

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2 Author(s)
Hui, J.W. ; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA ; Culler, D.E.

Extending IP to low-power, wireless personal area networks (LoWPANs) was once considered impractical because these networks are highly constrained and must operate unattended for multiyear lifetimes on modest batteries. Many vendors embraced proprietary protocols, assuming that IP was too resource-intensive to be scaled down to operate on the microcontrollers and low-power wireless links used in LoWPAN settings. However, 6LoWPAN radically alters the calculation by introducing an adaptation layer that enables efficient IPv6 communication over IEEE 802.15.4 LoWPAN links.

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Internet Computing, IEEE  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 4 )