ephemeral port

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ephemeral port definition

networking
A TCP or UDP port number that is automatically allocated from a predefined range by the TCP/IP stack software, typically to provide the port for the client end of a client-server communication.
BSD used ports 1024 through 4999 as ephemeral ports, though it is often desirable to increase this allocation.
(http://ncftpd.com/ncftpd/doc/misc/ephemeral_ports.html).
(2002-10-06)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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