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NetBIOS (Network Basic Input/Output System) - Definition

NetBIOS is an abbreviation for Network Basic Input/Output System. It is a network operating protocol that allows applications on different computers to communicate within a local area network (LAN). It was created by IBM for its early PC Network, was adopted by Microsoft, and has since become a de facto industry standard. NetBIOS is used in Ethernet and Token Ring networks. The most common version of NetBIOS in use today is NetBEUI, which is a part of all Microsoft Windows systems. NetBIOS differs from IPX and IP in that it is not routable and is only on a single network segment.


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