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6LoWPAN

6LoWPAN is the name of an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard that defines an approach for routing Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) over low-power wireless networks. 6LoWPAN is intended to bring the benefits of standard IP networking to low-power mesh and sensor networks, which, in the past, often used proprietary technologies. 6LoWPAN uses a compact representation of IPv6 and can be implemented in a small footprint protocol stack appropriate for devices with limited processing power and memory.

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