IPv4 Address Types

Most people use the term broadcast as a generic term, and most of the time, we understand what they mean. But not always. For example, you might say, “The host broadcasted through a router to a DHCP server,” but, well, it’s pretty unlikely that this would ever really happen. What you probably mean—using the correct technical jargon—is, “The DHCP client broadcasted for an IP address; a router then forwarded this as a unicast packet to the DHCP server.” Oh, and remember that with IPv4, broadcasts are pretty important, but with IPv6, there aren’t any broadcasts sent at all—now there’s something to get you excited about when you get to Chapter 15!

Okay, I’ve referred to broadcast addresses throughout Chapters 1 and 2, and even ...

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