[riot-devel] GNRC 802.15.4 maximum payload length

Janna Om Janna_OM at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 2 14:37:07 CEST 2018

Yes, I use a short address.
Thank You for the answer, it helped me a lot.
With kind regards,

From: devel <devel-bounces at riot-os.org> on behalf of Cenk Gündoğan <mail+riot at gundogan.net>
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2018 5:46 AM
To: devel at riot-os.org
Subject: Re: [riot-devel] GNRC 802.15.4 maximum payload length

Hello Janna,

On 18-06-17 16:55:35, Janna Om wrote:
> Hello,
> I work with the Iot-Lab M3 nodes (protocol 802.15.4) and would like to know what is maximum payload length (minimum header length) in data frame?
> I can currently send a frame with a payload of 116 bytes. Can this value be increased?
> Which header fields are opional and which must be set? I use GNRC stack.

Theres not much more to squeeze out of the 15.4 header. Are you using
the short address, or long address form? Using the short address form,
you would end up with a 15.4. header of: 2B (frame control) + 1B (Seq.
No.) + 2*2B (src+dst address) + 2B (src/dst PAN ID) + 2B (CRC at the
end) = 11 Bytes. I assume that's why you are able to send 116 octets,
because 116 + 11 = 127 and thus the physical limit of 15.4.

>From your question, I gather that your application uses 15.4. directly,
without any 6LoWPAN in between? Using UDP on 6LoWPAN would give you the
link fragmentation of 6LoWPAN. From your application's view, you are
then able to send larger packets, which get fragmented / reassembled at
the lower layer. Without 6LoWPAN, your application will need to employ
its own fragmentation.


> Thank you in advance.
> Kind regards,
> Janna

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