Questions tagged [broadcast]

For questions about broadcasting in computer networking. Use this tag when you are troubleshooting or configuring network devices in relation to broadcast.

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How does DHCP assign an IP address?

I understand that IP address is a unique address to identify a machine in a network. But for the first time when i Plug in say ethernet cable of a network to my PC's Ethernet Port, how the IP address ...
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Does a switch MAC address table sync across all switches in the same VLAN?

Ok, I have read up about this 16K limit for the MAC address table, or better known as the CAM table, on certain switches. Lets say I have 14 different edge switches with that 16K limit, and I have ...
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Broadcasting traffic by 255.255.255.255 or by “subnet dot all ones”?

If a device wants to broadcast traffic does it send it to the "all ones" IP? (Which is 255.255.255.255)? Or does it send it to "the all ones of the subnet"? (For example if the subnet is 123.123.0.0/...
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Technical difference between a Collision and Broadcast Domain

Many people new to networking wonder what the technical differences between a broadcast domain and a collision domain are. Specifically: What criteria is used to know the boundaries of a collision ...
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How does router prevent Broadcast radiation

I just learned networking and according to a wiki article on broadcast radiation prevention, it says: Filtering broadcasts by Layer 3 equipment, typically routers (and even switches that employ ...
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Do broadcast (FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF) packets go through the router, or directly all computers on the subnet?

If you have the destination MAC address you need in your ARP cache, surely it shouldn't have to go through the router? Or is that the point - only the router can be sure to have all of its subnet's ...
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Is there any difference between Limited Broadcasting and Directed Broadcasting when used in same network

I understand that limited broadcasting happens locally and can be done by using destination address as 255.255.255.255. The directed broadcasting happens across networks. To be precise, i want to ...
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How is the Groupwise Transient Key used in WiFi networks?

In Wifi WPA, I understand that during association, a 802.11 client and AP negotiate a Pairwise Transient Key (PTK), using which the Groupwise Transient Key(GTK) is provided to the station. I ...
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ARP Replies can they be Broadcast

I have been informed by certain networking professionals that ARP replies can and sometimes actually are broadcast packets instead of unicast. If and when would you use a broadcast ARP reply?
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Breaking broadcast domain through VLAN and Router

Why do we need to create VLANs to break a broadcast domain when the router can do the same? 1.Breaking broadcast domain through VLAN- Breaking broadcast domain through Router-
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Does WiFi broadcast traffic from a station go through the access point?

Let's say I've got two devices connected to my Access Point, a laptop and a tablet. If the laptop sends unicast traffic to the tablet, I understand that it must go through the AP. However, how is ...
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Why does OSPF use flooding instead of broadcasting?

In flooding, we send unicast/multicast frames to all the routers in the network, whereas in broadcasting, we have a broadcast address by which we send packets to all the routers. In OSPF, "Router ...