Split Horizon

(split h&-r z&n) (n.) A routing technique that eliminates the chance of a routing scheme creating routing loops, effectively making routing more efficient. When a router in a network with only one data path receives a data packet, it does not send routing information back along the path on which the packet traveled (i.e., to an adjacent router); it only sends the information forward so that there is no possibility of the packet being routed back along the path it originally traveled.

Webopedia Staff
Webopedia Staff
Since 1995, more than 100 tech experts and researchers have kept Webopedia’s definitions, articles, and study guides up to date. For more information on current editorial staff, please visit our About page.

Top Articles

The Complete List of 1500+ Common Text Abbreviations & Acronyms

Text Abbreviations reviewed by Web Webster   From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 SMS, online chat, and text abbreviations to help you translate and understand...

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Website Shortcut on Your Desktop reviewed by Web Webster   This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a website shortcut on your desktop using...

Windows Operating System History & Versions

The Windows operating system (Windows OS) refers to a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. We look at the history of Windows...

First to Fifth Generations of Computers

Reviewed by Web Webster   Learn about each of the 5 generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that...

What is a Passphrase?

What is a passphrase? A passphrase is a string of words used to help...

What is UID?

A unique identifier (UID) is a character string, either numeric or alphanumeric, that...

How to Use Google...

Updated by Jenna Phipps   Google Hangouts is a cloud-based messaging and video chat application...