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Internetwork Packet eXchange (IPX)

Member of the NovellProtocolFamily.

IPX uses a 80 bits address, composed of two parts :

  • Network (32 bits)
  • Node (48 bits)

The node part is the host MAC address, so IPX doesn't use the ARP protocol. As IP, IPX is on the Network layer of OSI model (Layer 3).


IPX has been created by Novell wich implements IDP (developped by Xerox).

Novell decided to drop IPX for IPv6.

Protocol dependencies

  • LLC: Typically, IPX runs atop IEEE 802.2 LLC on LANs; it can also be transported atop PPP.

Example traffic

XXX - Add example traffic here (as plain text or Wireshark screenshot).


The IPX dissector is (fully functional, partially functional, not existing, ... whatever the current state is) - XXX don't know.

Preference Settings

(XXX add links to preference settings affecting how IPX is dissected).

Example capture file

XXX - Add a simple example capture file to the SampleCaptures page and link from here. Keep it short, it's also a good idea to gzip it to make it even smaller, as Wireshark can open gzipped files automatically.

Display Filter

A complete list of IPX display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

  • Show only the IPX-based traffic:

Capture Filter

  • Capture IPX-based traffic only:

Older versions of libpcap/WinPcap might not support this; current versions support it.

  • add link to IPX specification and where to find additional info on the web about IPX


IPX (last edited 2009-12-26 13:30:20 by MarkSmith)