network numbers

Definition of network numbers in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What are Network Numbers?

Numbers that you must configure to ensure proper network communication when you configure the NWLink IPX/SPX-Compatible Transport protocol for Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000. You must configure two different network numbers to ensure proper network communication:

  • The Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) network number (also known as the external network number), a unique number assigned to all computers on the same network segment that are using the same NWLink frame type. In Windows 2000 Server, you configure this number by accessing the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol property sheet, selecting Manual Frame Type Detection, clicking Add, and entering the number.
  • The virtual network number (also known as the internal network number), a unique number assigned to a machine that enables it to be used in a multiple network environment. This number is hexadecimal 0 by default; in Windows 2000, you can configure it by specifying it on the NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS Compatible Transport Protocol property sheet.
NOTE

For the TCP/IP protocol for Windows NT and Windows 2000, the network number is usually referred to as the network ID.

TIP

To view the IPX network number of a computer running Windows NT or Windows 2000, type ipxroute config at the command prompt.