A part of an Ethernet or other network, on which all message traffic is common to all nodes, i.e. it is broadcast from one node on the segment and received by all others. This is normally because the segment is a single continuous conductor, though it may include repeaters(?).
Since all nodes share the physical medium, collision detection or some other protocol is required to determine whether a message was transmitted without interference from other nodes. The receiving node inspects the destination address of a packet to tell if it was (one of) the intended recipient(s).
Communication between nodes on different segments is via one or more routers.
- Network storm
- Network termination
(NT, NT1) A device connecting the customer’s data or telephone equipment to the local ISDN exchange carrier’s line. The NT device provides a connection for terminal equipment (TE) and terminal adaptor (TA) equipment to the local loop. (1994-11-30)
- Network time protocol
(NTP) A protocol built on top of TCP/IP that assures accurate local timekeeping with reference to radio, atomic or other clocks located on the Internet. This protocol is capable of synchronizing distributed clocks within milliseconds over long time periods. It is defined in STD 12, RFC 1119.
noun 1. . plural noun See net assets