a proposed modification to ARP


John A. Shriver (jas@proteon.com)
Fri, 15 Jul 88 13:03:36 EDT


This entire discussion of ARP and using a multicast address has one
assumption that has not been raised. The idea is to send the first
ARP request as a Multicast, and then send retransmissions as
Broadcast. This assumes that the ARP implementation in question is
stateful, and has retransmissions. Not all ARP implementations meet
this criteria. Of course, these implementations could always send to
the broadcast.



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