Subject: Re: Setting the default port on ethernet cards
To: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Perry E. Metzger <email@example.com>
Date: 04/25/1997 20:02:03
Jason Thorpe writes:
> Marc Horowitz <firstname.lastname@example.org> sez:
> > For instance, the NCR WaveLan wireless network required a "network id"
> > to be set, which distinguishes different virtual "segments" operating
> > on the same, uhh, ether. Network id's are just 16 bit integers. The
> > device driver implements a pair of ioctl's for getting and setting
> > them. The bsdi code uses a "wlconfig" program, which is similar to
> > ifconfig, and uses a nwid keyword to manipulate the network id.
> > Should we add a "nwid" keyword to ifconfig? This is the logical
> > extension of Jason's proposal.
> ...isn't the "network id" basically the MAC address?
No. There is also a mac address.
nwid designates which base particular set of intercommunicating radios
you think you are part of (I think).