Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A host may refer to any of the following:

1. Alternatively referred to as an Internet node, a host is the computer or other device connected to a computer network that delegates to the other nodes. A network host handles user requests; offering services, software applications, and information resources to users or other nodes within the network. A host can provide many different services. For example, it may be responsible for sending information to players in an online computer game. Or it can serve web pages on the Internet ( is a host, for example). Each device connected to the host that receives data is known as a client.

2.For Linux, see the host command for further information.

3. A host can also be an abbreviated version of a web host.

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