IPv6 - EUI-64 to IPv6 Identifier

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Nov 7th, 2007

Hi all

I'm studying 8th Module of BSCI curriculum(IPv6)

I'm confused by mistakes in the book concerning the seventh bit in an IPv6 interface identifier (Universal/Local and eight bit (Individual/Group).

I think that:

U/L set to 0, the address is locally administered

U/L set to 1, the address is universally administered

I/G set to 0, the address is an unicast address

I/G set to 1, the address is an multicast address

That is correct?



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bvsnarayana03 Sat, 11/10/2007 - 03:21

U r perfect.

Here is how to remember:

Universally administered / Locally

administered (U/L)

U/L = 0 means U=0 & L=0

So it is universally administered

U/L = 1 means U=0 & L=1

which means locally administered.


Unicast add / group add (U/G)

U/G = 0 means U=0 & G=0

Thus unicast address

U/G = 1 means U=0 & G=1

this is a multicast addres

swmorris Sat, 11/10/2007 - 08:34

Being that each bit is independently modified I think you may be making that more complicated that it needs to be!

Yes, the least significant bit (1-bit position) of the most significant byte of a MAC address is the I/G or Individual/Group address. Keep in mind that this bit as a 1 indicated multicast OR broadcast. (Any group address)

The U/L bit is in the 2-bit position, or the next one to the left. 0 = universal/assigned. 1 = locally modified.

We used this a lot back in the token ring days with functional addresses.

Personally, I never understood the logic of modifying it in an EUI-64 address. Yes, it's derived from a 48-bit MAC, but if you can't figure out that it's been modified since it's now 64-bits long instead of 48, you have issues. :) And the underlying MAC is NOT modified. *shrug*

Designed by academics.

But yes, the underlying bits mean what you noted in the original post here.



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