A Study of Mobile IP

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Executive Summary

Connectivity to the Internet while in motion is becoming an extremely important part of computing research and development. Mobile IP, created by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), is a standard protocol that builds on Internet Protocol by making mobility of a user transparent to applications and higher-level protocols such as Transfer Control Protocol. Mobile IP can be seen as the least common mobility denominator - providing seamless macro mobility solutions among the diversity of access. This paper will attempt to introduce Mobile IP from a technical point of view, while taking into consideration that the reader may not know anything about Mobile IP. However, the reader should know some networking basics before reading further.

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