foreign host

Definition of foreign host in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Foreign Host?

n a Microsoft TCP/IP implementation, any host that uses a non-Microsoft operating system. Examples of foreign hosts are OS/2 workstations, Solaris servers, and VMS mainframes.

Connectivity with foreign hosts for the purpose of transferring files with the host requires

  • A common networking protocol, such as TCP/IP or Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX)
  • A common file-sharing protocol, such as Server Message Block (SMB) or Network File System (NFS)