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broadcast network

Edited by Darrel Ince

in A Dictionary of the Internet

Second edition

Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199571444

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A computer network which has a single communication channel. A *packet sent by one computer is received by all the other computers on the network. The packets that are sent contain the address of the receiving computer; each computer checks this field to see if it matches its own address. If it does not then it is usually ignored; if it does then it is read. Broadcast networks are usually small, localized networks known as ...

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Subjects: Computer Networking and Communications

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