Re: a proposed modification to ARP


jmg (mcvax!cernvax!jmg@uunet.uu.net)
18 Jul 88 09:15:27 GMT


In article <8807131426.AA04434@gaak.LCS.MIT.EDU> map@GAAK.LCS.MIT.EDU (Michael A. Patton) writes:
>It isn't possible to buy fewer than 2^24, that's the smallest package
>available :-) When you buy Ethernet addresses, you buy a 24 bit
>prefix, and you get to assign the other 24 bits as you see fit. This
>seems like exactly the kind of scheme that fits this well.

When we asked for, and got, our own Ethernet addresses (from Xerox)
we got just 4096, i.e. the last three bytes only were free for us.
Of course, we are not a major manufacturer, but only a small-time
producer of a few home-built controllers.

I have no idea whether there are other possibilities!

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