Subject: Re: Setting the default port on ethernet cards
To: Jason Thorpe <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: tech-net
Date: 04/25/1997 20:02:03
Jason Thorpe writes:
> Marc Horowitz <> 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).