Router advertisement messages also contain Internet parameters, such as the hop limit that hosts should use in outgoing packets. Optionally, router advertisement messages also contain link parameters, such as the link MTU. This feature enables centralized administration of critical parameters. The parameters can be set on routers and automatically propagated to all hosts that are attached.
Nodes accomplish address resolution by multicasting a neighbor solicitation that asks the target node to return its link-layer address. Neighbor solicitation messages are multicast to the solicited-node multicast address of the target address. The target returns its link-layer address in a unicast neighbor advertisement message. A single request-response pair of packets is sufficient for both the initiator and the target to resolve each other's link-layer addresses. The initiator includes its link-layer address in the neighbor solicitation.