4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 21, 2012 9:00 PM by atifyameen RSS

    What is the meaning of 32-bit Word ?

    atifyameen

      Hi,

       

      I was reading the TCP/IP volume 1, when i stumbled upon this sentence describing the Header Length value in the IP Header.

       

      "Header Length is a four-bit field that tells, as the name implies, the length of the IP header in 32-bit words"

       

      what exactly is meant by 32-bit word ?

       

      The size of the header length is 4 bits, how does that correlate to the 32-bit word ?

       

       

      Thank you in advance.