Definition Edit

In computer networking, IP over Avian Carriers (IPoAC) is a humorously-intended proposal to carry Internet Protocol (IP) traffic by birds such as homing pigeons.

Overview Edit

IP over Avian Carriers was initially described in RFC 1149, a "Request for Comments" (RFC) issued by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) written by D. Waitzman and released on 1 April 1990 (April Fool's Day). It is one of several April 1 RFCs.

Waitzman described an improvement of his protocol in RFC 2549, IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service (1 April 1999).

A South African company called The Unlimited recently sent data using a carrier pigeon faster than by using Telkom’s (the largest South African ISP) ADSL line.[1]

References Edit

  1. See "Carrier Pigeons: Still Faster Than ADSL" (Sept. 10, 2009) (full-text).

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