Gateway

  • Formal
  • A link between two computer systems or programs, which allows them to share information with each other (e.g. router).
  • Practical
  • A gateway is a network point that acts as an entrance to another network. On the Internet, a node or stopping point can be either a gateway node or a host (end-point) node. Both the computers of Internet users and the computers that serve pages to users are host nodes. The computers that control traffic within your company's network or at your local Internet service provider (ISP) are gateway nodes.
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