local network

Definition of local network in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Local Network?

The network consisting of all computers with the same network number. For example, on a TCP/IP internetwork, a user’s local network consists of all the computers that have the same network ID number, such as 208.16.8.0.

Each computer on the local network has a different host ID to identify it among other hosts on the local network. Examples of host IDs for the network 208.16.8.0 could be .25 for 208.16.8.25, .26 for 208.16.8.26, and so on.

The term “local network” can also describe hosts that are on the same TCP/IP subnet in a large internetwork or hosts that are on the same physical LAN segment, such as all the hosts connected to the same hub in an Ethernet network. The term is vague, so you must determine its meaning from the context in which it is used.