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Old 07-04-2001, 12:55 AM   #1
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Help w/ plain networking terms and function

Hi. I'm trying to set up my email with att@home. I have been going through netcfg and the preferences under Netscape and am trying to get a grasp of what is going on here. Could someone please tell me what hostname, domain, nameservers, bootp, gateway and netmask mean. I know this is lenghty but this stuff is out of control.

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not intended to be a full answer, but maybe help you search the existing documentation a bit easier..

hostname: the name of a computer on the network (usually yours)..

domain: would be the domain of the system running this message board.

bootp: an older, simpler version of DHCP.. it is a way for computers to automatically get their IP address and other information when they boot up.. (instead of you having to enter them in as a "static" address).

gateway: the computer or IP address that connects you to the rest of the internet (or whatever network you are attached to)

netmask: is a netmask. If you have this netmask, it means that your computer considers all addresses that have the same first three sets of digits of the IP address as the computer's IP address to be on the same subnet and require no routing. A subnet of would consider everything that has the same first two sets of digits to be on the same subnet.

You really ought to read the networking howto on my off-the-cuff explanations are bound to have errors and unclear descriptions..
Old 07-09-2001, 06:23 PM   #3
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Hey thanx! I appreciate all the help. I can understand a little better now.


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