System Administration Guide: IP Services

Dynamic Home Agent Discovery

In some situations, the mobile node might not know the home agent address when the mobile node attempts to register. If the mobile node does not know the home agent address, the mobile node can use dynamic home agent address resolution to learn the address. In this situation, the mobile node sets the home agent field of the registration request to the subnet-directed broadcast address of its home network. Each home agent that receives a registration request with a broadcast destination address rejects the mobile node's registration by returning a rejection registration reply. By doing so, the mobile node can use the home agent's unicast IP address that is indicated in the rejection reply when the mobile node next attempts registration.