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Zero-configuration networking

Overview#

Zero-configuration networking (zeroconf) is a set of technologies that automatically creates a usable network based on the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) when computers or network peripherals are interconnected.

Zero-configuration networking does not require manual operator intervention or special configuration servers. Without zeroconf, a network administrator must set up network services, such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS), or configure each computer's network settings manually.

Zero-configuration networking is built on three core technologies:

  • automatic assignment of numeric network addresses for networked devices
  • automatic distribution and resolution of computer hostnames
  • automatic location of network services (Discovery Mechanism)

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