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destination address field (DAF)

The Destination AddressField (DAF) is the destination address field in IP headers. It contains the destination address to which the data packet is delivered.


address field in the IP header

address field in the IP header

Depending on the protocol, the destination address field can comprise 32 bits or even 128 bits. In the IP header of the IPv4 protocol, the data field for the destination address (DEST) has a size of 32 bits. This field is used to store the hexadecimal encoded address from the computer to which the datagram is destined. Version 6 of the IP protocol, IPv6, has a much larger address range, comprising 16 octets, or 128 bits.

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Englisch: destination address field - DAF
Updated at: 28.05.2011
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