reverse address resolution protocol

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Reverse Address Resolution Protocol definition

networking, protocol
(RARP) A protocol defined in RFC 903 which provides the reverse function of ARP. RARP maps a hardware address (MAC address) to an IP address. It is used primarily by diskless nodes, when they first initialise, to find their IP address.
See also BOOTP.
(1994-12-08)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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