Realtek Remote Control Protocol
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The Realtek Remote Control Protocol (RRCP), developed by Realtek, is an Application layer protocol, running directly over Ethernet frames. Main idea behind this protocol is to allow direct access to the Ethernet switch controller's internal register over an Ethernet network itself. This approach allows to avoid cost of including a processor, RAM, Flash memory, etc. in a managed Ethernet switch. Instead, all "intelligence" is targeted to reside in a nearby computer, running special RRCP-aware Ethernet switch management software.
Used to initiate scan for RRCP-capable switches in a network segment, and to fetch some their parameters.
Is sent by an RRCP-capable switch as a response to a valid "Hello" packet. Contains some their parameters, such as IDs, and MAC addresses.
Used to fetch value from internal switch controller's register.
Is sent by an RRCP-capable switch as a response to a valid "Get" packet. Contains requested register number and value, that was read from it.
Used to set an internal switch controller's register to a certain value. Contains register number and a value to be written to register. No acknowledgment is generated by a switch.
Loop Detect packet
Is not a part of RRCP protocol itself, but is closely associated, being an underlying mechanism for a simplified Spanning tree protocol substitute in RRCP-capable switch controllers.
Is not a part of RRCP protocol itself, but is closely associated, being an underlying mechanism for a Layer-2 analog of ICMP Echo request (Type 8) message in RRCP-capable switch controllers.
Is not a part of RRCP protocol itself, but is closely associated, being an underlying mechanism for a Layer-2 analog of ICMP Echo reply (Type 0) message in RRCP-capable switch controllers.
Currently, RRCP protocol is officially working on Realtek's RTL8316BP, RTL8318P and RTL8324P switch controller chips. Unofficially, it also found to be working on RTL8316B, RTL8324, RTL8326 and RTL8326S.
- There are two software suites that are able to communicate with RRCP-capable switches. First is Realtek's own WinSmart utility and Vendor-derived variants from it. Second is the OpenRRCP open-source project. Additionally, both Wireshark and tcpdump have interpreters for RRCP packets.