Understanding hosts and nodes

Have you ever heard terms such as hosts and nodes and wondered what they are? Although our first impression might drive us toward thinking that they are the same thing, they are not! While all hosts can be nodes, not every node can act as a host. Hence, a host is any device with an IP address assigned to its network interface that requests or provides networking resources on the network. Usually, clients, servers, and routers act as hosts.

An Internet Protocol address, popularly known as an IP address, is a logical element comprised of numbers that is assigned to host's network interface in order to identify it in a computer network.

However, a node is any device that can receive and transmit the networking resources ...

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