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2001 Edition, November 2001

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Tunneling Component Network Protocols Over Internet Protocol Channels



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Introduction

This document provides specifications for the transporting of Component Network (CN) packets over Internet Protocol (IP) networks using a tunneling mechanism wherein the CN packets are encapsulated within the IP packets. It applies to both CN nodes and CN routers.

The purpose of this specification is to insure interoperability between various CN devices that wish to use IP networks to communicate using a particular CN protocol. The specification is intended to be general enough to handle a wide range of CN protocols. In particular this specification will cover the following standard CN protocols:

• EIA-709 [2]

• EIA-600 [11]

The main body of this specification is independent of the CN protocol being transported over the IP network. The reader is directed to Annex A and Annex B for the normative and informative, respectively, aspects of this specification that are specific to EIA-709. Likewise Annex C and Annex D are the normative and informative, respectively, aspects of this specification as they apply to EIA-600.

In the above diagram the IP network can be considered to be one or more IP channels. This specification covers only how CN packets are transported over IP channels. It does not cover how CN packets are routed between standard CN channels and IP channels. This specification is not intended to cover the lower layers (physical, MAC and link) layers of either standard CN or IP channels.