All devices on a network need some way to identify themselves as a specific host. Early networks simply used a naming format, and a server on the network kept a map of MAC addresses to host names. Tables quickly grew very large and with this grew issues such as consistency and accuracy (see Figure 5.1 below). IP addressing effectively resolved this issue.
Figure 5.1 – Device Naming Tables Became Too CumbersomeThe content below this message is for members only.