Updated: 11/13/2018 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 another device connected to a computer network that delegates to the other nodes. A network host handles user requests, including offering services, software applications, and information resources to users or other nodes in the network. A host can provide many different services. It may be responsible for sending information to players in an online computer game or it can serve web pages on the Internet. For example, is a host. Each device connected to the host that receives data is known as a client.

2. Linux users, see our host Linux command reference for further information.

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