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Vendors Mum on Ethernet Driver Warnings
According to standards published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), streams of information sent over an Ethernet network should be organized into "frames" that are at least 46 bytes long.
In some instances where higher layer protocols such as IP (Internet Protocol) provide packet data that is less than 46 bytes long, the software device drivers are supposed to fill in the empty space in the Ethernet frame with unusable data -- a process known as "padding" the frame.
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