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For behinners. Observing basic ip-mac binding interactions (ARP Request, ARP reply, ARP cache, ping encapsulation, ping command.)


  • * *ARP BasicARP tutorial with pictures

    Watch animation to learn networking. Visualize how ARP translates IP address into MAC. Watch interactions between ARP Request, ARP Reply, and ARP cache. This pictured tutorial takes screenshots from ARP Basic Animation. OK to republish this slide. Please use hyperlink to point to its source.

  • * *ARP animationsARP basic - update For behinners. Observing basic ip-mac binding interactions (ARP Request, ARP reply, ARP cache, ping encapsulation, ping command.)ARP basic - no update Same as above. But the node receiving ARP Request does not update its ARP cache. (It's a vendor decision whether to update ARP cache when receiving RAP request).ARP hub Three hosts are connected to a hub. Run ping to observe how ARP frames and ping packets are being flooded by hub.ARP switch Three hosts are connected to a switch. Run ping to observe ARP frames are being flooded and switched by the switch.ARP router gateway (Lab) Visualize how ARP discovers a MAC in a different subnet when hosts are connected to a router and the router is the default gateway.ARP router proxy (Lab) Visualize how ARP discovers a MAC in a different subnet when hosts are connected to the same router but have no default gateway.ARP spoofing (Theory) Visualize how a hacker can listen and corrupt IP-MAC bindings in other's ARP caches, and kidnap data. ARP spoofing (Lab) Same as above. The animation data is captured from a simulation Lab (dynamips). Timing is realistic.

  • * *OverviewARP Basics Animation LinkGoal: Visualize ARP activities of MAC lookup and interactions of ARP request, ARP reply, ARP cachePing command line.Topology: Two hosts H1, H2 are directly connected. There IP-MAC addresses are (IP.H1, MAC.H1), (IP.H2, MAC.H2) respectively.Steps: 1) H1 ping H2 fails due to ARP miss. H1 sends ARP Request to find out H2's MAC. 2) H2 responds ARP Reply with its MAC to H1. 3) H1 ping H2 again and succeeds.

  • * *H1 ping H2: ARP missH1 ping H2. Ping prints its command message in H1's command window.To create Ping packet, H1 needs to know H2's MAC. But ARP cache does not have H2's MAC. Therefore, H1 is unable to send ping out. This is called ARP miss. It's a common cause of packet loss.

  • * *H1 sends ARP requestTo find H2's MAC, H1 sends ARP Request and adds an entry (IP.H2, Incomplete) in ARP cache. It says: I'm looking for H2's MAC.ARP Request header includes a few parameters: sender IP is H1's IP, sender mac is H1's MAC, target IP is H2's IP, target mac is 0. (You may click ARP Request to see its headers).

  • * *H2 responds ARP replyAfter receiving ARP request, H2 adds H1's address to its ARP cache as (IP.H1, MAC.H2).Then H2 checks ARP Request's protocol header and learns that this query is for itself. H2 responds and sends ARP Reply to H1. (Click ARP Reply to see its protocol header)

  • * *H1 recevies ARP replyWhen receiving ARP Reply, H1 updates its ARP cache and changes the entry (IP.H2, Incomplete) to (IP.H2, Mac.H2).

  • * *H1 ping H2 againNow the first ping timeout. Ping prints a "." in the H1 command window to indicate a timeout.Then H1 sends next ping.No ARP miss this time. Ping does find H2's MAC in ARP cache.

  • * *H2 echo H1When receiving ping, H2 sends an Echo to respond.H2 is able to find H1's MAC in ARP cache. No ARP miss for sending Echo.

  • * *H1 receives echoAfter receiving Echo, H1 prints a "!" to indicate ping success.

  • * *FAQWhat is ARP?Why ARP? What is ARP cache?What are ARP commands?How is ARP related to encapsulation? answers in the Comments box

  • * *What is Vlabvisualland.netVLAB: Virtual LabTheory: Visualize key points of network protocols to help beginners grasp the basic ideas quickly.Lab: Visualize network activities with packets and router states captured from network simulators (dynamips, packet tracer, and ns2.Interactively control animation: packet headers, protocol state tables.Vlab usageSelf learning, teaching aids, lab book.

    ***********1. What is ARP? ARP stands for Address Resolution Protocol. In Ethernet environment, when an application/protocol wants to send a packet, it needs to use the target node's MAC address to encapsulate its link header. But the application only knows the target's IP address, not its MAC address. So it uses ARP's service to get the target MAC address.

    2. Why ARP? OSI model modularize network tasks into 7 layers and defines inter-layer interfaces. This way, a layer can implement several technologies. In IP network, IP address is in layer 3 (network layer), Ethernet MAC address is in layer 2 (link layer). However, when transmitting a packet, the application/protocol needs to encapsulate network header and link header first. Applications usually know about target node's IP address, not its MAC address. Therefore, we need a way to find layer 2 address without violating OSI layered structure? ARP is the answer: It maps a network address to link address. In the case of IP-Ethernet network, ARP maps an IP address to a MAC address...

    3. What is ARP cache? ARP protocol stores discovered (IP, MAC) dresses in a local cache. When an application asks ARP protocol for the MAC address of an IP address, ARP lookup its ARP cache first. If found, return the MAC. Otherwise, send an ARP Request to broadcast an inquiry in the LAN. When ARP reply is received, ARP stores the newly discovered MAC in its ARP cache. Next time, if another application is asking for the MAC of this IP again, ASRP can return the MAC immediately.

    4. What are ARP commands? It varies across operating systems or router vendors. But they do similar tasks. For example:- Display ARP cache content: show arp; arp -a - Clear ARP cache: arp -d

    5. How is ARP related to encapsulation? When creating a packet, the application/protocol needs to encapsulate the packet's link header. The application needs to set destination MAC to the target node's MAC. Since the application does not know the MAC, It asks for ARP. To know more about encapsulation, see Encapsulation > 0. Encapsulation Overview.

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