Chapter 23. The Better Browser Bureau


There is a finite amount of clue in the Universe... and the Universe is expanding.

 --Unknown (thanks to John Ladwig and Marcus Ranum)

Hold on to your hoopskirts everyone, we’re not there yet. We have a few more things to learn about the Network Neighborhood.

Running an Election

Elections may be called whenever a Consumer is unable to find a Local Master Browser, or when a jealous rival (known as a Preferred Master Browser) shows up. An election can also be forced by sending a zero-filled RequestElection frame.

When a RequestElection frame is received by a Potential Browser (including Backup Browsers, the LMB, and the DMB), the Potential Browser switches into election mode. The browser stays in election mode ...

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