Solaris Advanced User's Guide

Networking Concepts

A network connection between machines enables these systems to transmit information to one another. The following list describes the more common network types.

A network that is composed of a linked group of networks is called an internetwork. For example, your machine might be part of a network within your building and part of an internetwork that connects your local network to similar networks across the country. Because the difference between a network and an internetwork is generally invisible to the user, the term network is used in this guide to refer to both networks and internetworks.

Networked machines use a network protocol, or common network language, to communicate. A network protocol ensures that information is transmitted to the appropriate location on the network. An internetwork protocol, sometimes referred to as a relay, links networks together.