Host (networking)


Host, in computer networking, is any device on a TCP/IP network that has an IP address.

What is Host (in computer networking)?

Any device on a TCP/IP network that has an IP address. Examples include servers, workstations, network-interface print devices, and routers. The terms “node” and “host” are often used interchangeably in this regard.

Hosts in a computer network
Hosts in a computer network

Sometimes the term “host” means a device on a TCP/IP network that can both receive data and initiate contact with other devices. For example, a computer configured as a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) host receives e-mail messages and forwards them to their destination.

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In mainframe computing environments, a host is a mainframe computer that is accessed by users through remote terminals.

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