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Thanks for the explanation. It fit into my general idea of what it was.

Edited by Coecoo, 26 March 2015 - 01:07 PM.

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Hello Coecoo,


Any packet destined for all stations on a network segment is considered broadcast traffic.

Broadcast addresses are usually used by ARP, DHCP, and other protocols that do some sort of discovery.

Imagine a homeless guy standing outside of a store yelling out (broadcasting) to people as they walk by.  Even though he may be talking to everyone, that doesn't mean anyone will necessarily respond back to him.

Even though you can hear/understand (receive packets) when someone is talking to you, that doesn't mean you have to respond back to that shouting individual (broadcast).

Maybe this wasn't the best analogy, but hopefully someone that can explain it better will chime in.  :wave:

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