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ISO transport services on top of the TCP (TPKT)

"Emulate" ISO transport services ["COTP"] on top of ["TCP"]. The two major points missing in TCP (compared to ["COTP"]) are the TSAP addressing and the detection of packet boundaries on the receiving host. See the IsoProtocolFamily page for an overview.


As TCP becomes more and more popular (around 1995?), a mechanism was needed to encapsulate ISO services on top of TCP transport, as both protocols have similiar tasks and ["COTP"] was becoming obsolete these days.

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

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The TPKT dissector is fully functional.

Preference Settings

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Example capture file

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Display Filter

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

Capture Filter

You can filter TPKT protocols while capturing, as it's always using TCP port 102.