broadcast network

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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 local area networks.

Subjects: Computing.

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