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RFC 1088

  
Network Working Group                                  L. McLaughlin III
Request for Comments: 1088                                           TWG
                                                           February 1989
 
 
 A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams over NetBIOS Networks
 
Status of this Memo
 
   This document specifies a standard method of encapsulating the
   Internet Protocol [1] (IP) datagrams on NetBIOS [2] networks.
   Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
 
Introduction
 
   The goal of this specification is to allow compatible and
   interoperable implementations for transmitting IP datagrams over
   NetBIOS networks.
 
   NetBIOS is a standard which specifies a means of creating virtual
   circuits and of transmitting and receiving point-to-point, multicast,
   and broadcast datagrams.  This specification uses only the datagram
   services.
 
   Previous versions of this memo specified the use of the NetBIOS
   broadcast datagram services instead of the NetBIOS group name
   services to implement IP broadcasting.  These versions are now
   obsolete.
 
Description
 
   NetBIOS networks may be used to support IP networks and subnets [3]
   of any class.  By means of encapsulating IP datagrams within NetBIOS
   datagrams and assigning IP numbers to the hosts on a NetBIOS network,
   IP-based applications are supported on these hosts.  The addition of
   a router capable of encapsulating IP packets within ordinary data-
   link protocols (such as 802.3 [4]) as well as within NetBIOS
   datagrams allows these NetBIOS hosts to communicate with the Internet
   at large.
 
Address Mappings
 
   In general, NetBIOS names may be any series of 16 bytes, however, a
   few values are reserved or used by common networking packages.
   NetBIOS names for the IP applications on each host are chosen on the
   basis of the internet number of that host.  Since NetBIOS names are a
   mapping of IP addresses, no physical address query mechanism (e.g.,
   ARP [5]) is required.
 
 
 
McLaughlin                                                      [Page 1]
RFC 1088 IP over NetBIOS networks February 1989 For these internet protocol applications, IP.XX.XX.XX.XX is the NetBIOS name for any IP over NetBIOS host where XX represents the ascii hexadecimal representation of that byte of the internet address. This addressing scheme allows for the multiplexing of standard datagram protocols over NetBIOS as well as easy visual confirmation of the correctness of a given packet's address. Broadcast and Multicast Addresses Broadcast Internet addresses are represented by the NetBIOS group name IP.FF.FF.FF.FF. Currently, no attempt is made to provide support of IP multicast addresses using NetBIOS group names. Maximum Transmission Unit The maximum data size of a NetBIOS datagram, and therefore the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) for IP over NetBIOS networks, is 512 bytes. Therefore, any hosts communicating with a host on a NetBIOS network may be required to reassemble fragmented datagrams. Implementation To support IP on a NetBIOS host for any given IP address the initialization code must: 1) Add IP.XX.XX.XX.XX to the host's NetBIOS name table. 2) Add IP.FF.FF.FF.FF to the host's NetBIOS group name table. 3) Submit a receive datagram request for the reception of NetBIOS datagrams destined for IP.XX.XX.XX.XX. 4) Submit a receive datagram request for the reception of NetBIOS datagrams destined for IP.FF.FF.FF.FF. When a NetBIOS datagram to either address is received, it is processed by the protocol stack and another receive datagram request is submitted. When an IP datagram is sent, it is considered to be NetBIOS datagram data and sent by a send datagram request to either IP.XX.XX.XX.XX or IP.FF.FF.FF.FF. Optionally, the IP software may desire to make adapter status queries of the NetBIOS network. As support for SNMP becomes a requirement for IP hosts, these adapter status queries may become mandatory. McLaughlin [Page 2]
RFC 1088 IP over NetBIOS networks February 1989 Finally, when the IP support for a given NetBIOS host is discontinued, a cancel command request should be submitted for every pending receive datagram, and a delete name request should be submitted for both the IP.XX.XX.XX.XX and IP.FF.FF.FF.FF address added during initialization. Acknowledgements This document would not have been possible without the efforts of John Bartas, James Davidson, and Dan Ladermann in the early design and implementation of IP over NetBIOS. References [1] Postel, J., "Internet Protocol", RFC 791, September 1981. [2] IBM PC Network Technical Reference, Document Number 6322916, September 1984. [3] Mogul, J., and J. Postel, "Internet Standard Subnetting Procedure", RFC 950, August 1985. [4] Postel, J., and J. Reynolds, "A Standard for the Transmission of IP datagrams over IEEE 802 Networks", RFC 1042, February 1988. [5] Plummer, D., "An Ethernet Address Resolution Protocol", RFC 826, November 1982. Author's Address: Leo J. McLaughlin III The Wollongong Group 1129 San antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303 Phone: (415) 962-7100

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