5.9 Directed Broadcast Forwarding

A directed broadcast is a broadcast intended for all nodes on a nonlocal network. For example, the broadcast address reaches all nodes on a network; the directed broadcast address is intended for all nodes whose network address is A router not directly attached to simply forwards the directed broadcast packet to the next hop. A router on network—if it has directed broadcast forwarding enabled—accepts and forwards the packet to all nodes whose network address is Routers connecting subnets of also accept and forward the packet to the nodes on their respective subnets.

IMPORTANT:For all nodes on network to receive the directed broadcast, each router attached to network must have Directed Broadcast Forwarding enabled.

5.9.1 Enabling Directed Broadcast Forwarding

Using Novell Remote Manager

  1. Log in to Novell Remote Manager, then click Configure TCPIP > Start TCP/IP Configuration > Configure TCP/IP.

  2. Set Directed Broadcast Forwarding to Enabled.

  3. Click Save.

    The system displays a TCP/IP Configuration Successful message.

  4. Click OK to return to the TCP/IP Configuration Menu window.

  5. If you want these changes to take effect immediately, click Reinitialize Options.


  1. Load INETCFG, then select Protocols > TCP/IP > Expert Configuration Options.

  2. Select Directed Broadcast Forwarding > Enabled.

  3. Press Esc until you are prompted to save your changes, then select Yes.

  4. Press Esc to return to the Internetworking Configuration menu.

  5. If you want these changes to take effect immediately, select Reinitialize System > Yes.