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IPAddress.NetworkToHostOrder Method (Int16)

Converts a short value from network byte order to host byte order.

Namespace:  System.Net
Assembly:  System (in System.dll)

public static short NetworkToHostOrder(
	short network


Type: System.Int16
The number to convert, expressed in network byte order.

Return Value

Type: System.Int16
A short value, expressed in host byte order.

Different computers use different conventions for ordering the bytes within multibyte integer values. Some computers put the most significant byte first (known as big-endian order) and others put the least-significant byte first (known as little-endian order). To work with computers that use different byte ordering, all integer values that are sent over the network are sent in network byte order which has the most significant byte first.

The NetworkToHostOrder method converts multibyte integer values that are stored on the host system from the byte order used by the network to the byte order used by the host.

The following example uses the NetworkToHostOrder method to convert a short value from network byte order to host byte order.

public void NetworkToHostOrder_Short(short networkByte)
  short hostByte;
  // Converts a short value from network byte order to host byte order.
  hostByte = IPAddress.NetworkToHostOrder(networkByte);
  Console.WriteLine("Network byte order to Host byte order of {0} is {1}", networkByte, hostByte);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.