Updated: 08/08/2017 by Computer Hope

demilitarized zoneAlternatively referred to as a DMZ host, DMZ is short for demilitarized zone and acts as a buffer area between outside users (the Internet) and a private (local or wide area network) server. DMZs are typically used by corporations and contain a device that accepts Internet traffic such as DNS, FTP and Web servers.

By default, DMZ is disabled on most routers to add an extra layer of security. However, port forwarding is enabled on a network router, the DMZ may need to be turned on as well.

Computer abbreviations, Local Area Network, Network terms, Port forwarding, Wide Area Network