workstation != gateway


David A. Bridgham (dab@BORAX.LCS.MIT.EDU)
Tue, 25 Feb 86 16:12:49 est


        When I said that machines should not forward broadcast packets
I meant packets that were broadcast on the local net (i.e. addressed
to the hardware broadcast address). Sorry for being unclear.
        I agree that the IP layer *shouldn't* have to know that a packet
was broadcast, but until the IP broadcast spec (which is rather recent
and most hosts still don't follow) that was the only reliable way to
decide that a packet had been broadcast and therefore not forward it.
(Gateways still might want to do that for general network robustness
reasons.)
                                                Dave



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