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What is the broadcast address of the network?
A broadcast address is an IPv4 address that allows a host to communicate with all hosts in the same network at once. Broadcasting also allows for faster communication because the packet can be sent to every host in a single packet instead of individually sending each host a separate message.
What is the difference between a MAC address and an IP address?
A MAC address identifies a device on the same local network, while an IP address identifies a device worldwide. Generally, broadcast MAC addresses are used to send data to all devices on the network, while unicast MAC addresses are used to send data to a specific device.
What is the difference between an IPv4 broadcast address and a unicast IP address?
Typically, IPv4 broadcast addresses have 0 bits in the host portion of the address and 1 bits in the network portion. When a host sends a broadcast packet, the receiver of that packet will process the entire packet to determine which other hosts should receive it.
How can I find out what is the broadcast address of the network?
The broadcast address is the last IP address in a subnet. It is also the first address in a classful subnet. For example, the 10.1.1.0/24 subnet has a broadcast IP address of 10.1.1.255. This can be calculated using the following steps:
Step 1: Write the IP address in decimal format.
Step 2: Write the subnet mask in a binary format.
Step 3: Perform a logical AND operation between the corresponding octets of the IP address and the inverse of the subnet mask.
Repeat this process until you have obtained a value that is completely divisible by 2.Step 4: Convert the result back to the decimal format.
How to calculate the broadcast address and network address?
The broadcast and network addresses are not always easy to calculate. Often, they require decimal to binary conversion or vice versa. Fortunately, CIDR notation can make the calculations easier.
What is the difference between an ad-hoc and classful IPv4 network?
An ad-hoc IPv4 network is one where the addresses are not predefined. In contrast, classful IPv4 networks have a set of fixed addresses that are assigned to each device. This makes it possible to create a network with more hosts than there are fixed addresses in the IPv4 range.
What is the difference between an all-zero and all-one IP address?
In the early days of the Internet, the all-zero address was the first address in a subnet and was functionally identical to the all-one address. However, since a subnet’s first and last addresses must be unique to each host, the all-zero address is no longer useful for the purpose of identifying a host. This is why the all-one address is now used as the broadcast address of a subnet.
What is the broadcast MAC address of the network?
A broadcast MAC address is a special MAC address that can be used to identify all devices on a network. This enables machines to auto-discover other machines on the network and locate them without having to know their IP addresses.