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Shotgun[edit]

"shotgun" approach.... informal, but I like it. Perhaps link to the meaning of the term :P -- Jimmetry

The sentence is unclear: 'Due to its "shotgun" approach to data distribution, broadcasting is being increasingly supplanted by multicasting.' Does this mean that broadcasting uses the shotgun approach, or that multicasting does? I believe that it's intended to refer to broadcasting. However, broadcasting just hits every target. Multicasting concentrates the fire. Isn't that more like a shotgun? Twocs (talk) 09:59, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

I guess the shotgun refers to broadcasting not having a guarantee to hit each target, ie, a lack of reliability. Multicasting can be made reliable.Henk.muller (talk) 10:39, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Merge[edit]

There is possibly some useful material here, but it is quite specific. Jamesx12345 10:56, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

There are no references in that material so there may be venerability issues including that. ~KvnG 03:28, 3 April 2014 (UTC)


teeeeee — Preceding unsigned comment added by 115.115.173.10 (talk) 04:54, 22 May 2014 (UTC)

All-to-all communication merge[edit]

All-to-all communication is poorly developed and seems to be discussing the same topic though perhaps in murkier terms. ~KvnG 15:16, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Merge  Done ~Kvng (talk) 20:56, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Overview[edit]

In the Overview section, it begins with "In computer networking, broadcasting refers to transmitting a packet that will be received by every device on the network."; however, below it states "Both Ethernet and IPv4 use an all-ones broadcast address to indicate a broadcast packet. Token Ring uses a special value in the IEEE 802.2 control field."

Considering both Ethernet and Token Ring use Frames, would it be more appropriate to state "In computer networking, broadcasting refers to transmitting a PDU that will be received by every device on the network."?

-4sticky (talk) 03:43, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

It looks like your suggestion is to change packet to PDU. I assume your argument is that PDU is more technically correct. PDU is also more jargony so I don't see this as a net improvement. ~Kvng (talk) 13:35, 17 April 2017 (UTC)


Yes, my suggestion was to change "packet" to "PDU" since a broadcast is not necessarily at the network layer. How about changing "a packet" to "information"? That uses more general terms without unnecessary jargon.
This site http://www.erg.abdn.ac.uk/users/gorry/course/intro-pages/uni-b-mcast.html uses similar wording to describe a broadcast.
-4sticky (talk) 04:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
The lead and other parts of the article use message which is a piece of information. What do you think of message? ~Kvng (talk) 14:20, 29 April 2017 (UTC)