Technology, Data Communication Terms, Glossary and Dictionary
Broadcast Address is a special address for all devices to open and process the message if a packet is addressed to this address. For example, the MAC address with all 1s (1xFFFFFFFF) is a broadcast address, and the IP address 255.255.255.255 is the general broadcast address. Any device sees a message addressed to the broadcast address shall open it and then pass the message to the next station. In a subnet, the broadcast address is the highest numerical value in the range of numbers for the subnet. The broadcast address cannot be assigned as an IP address to a computer.