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Internet Protocol (IP)

The Internet Protocol provides the network layer (layer 3) functionality in the TCP/IP protocol suite.

The version 4 of the IP protocol is widely used all over the world. As the available IP address range is becoming short, version 6 with a much wider address range is becoming more and more common these days.


XXX - add a brief description of IP history

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

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


IP dissector is fully functional. Ethereal provides some advanced features such as IP defragmentation.

Preference Settings

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Example capture file

XXX - Add a simple example capture file. Keep it short, it's also a good idea to gzip it to make it even smaller, as Ethereal can open gzipped files automatically.

Display Filter

A complete list of IP display filter fields can be found in the [ display filter reference]

Capture Filter