Hypertext Transfer Protocol

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a set of rules for transferring and exchanging information (data, voice, images, and so on) on the World Wide Web. HTTP is based on a request-response model. An HTTP client initiates requests by establishing a TCP connection to a port on a remote host (port 80 by default). An HTTP server listening on that port waits for and then responds to the request; in many instances, the client is requesting a specific URL or IP address. Upon receiving a request, the destination server sends back the associated file or files and then closes the connection.

The web server in ExtremeXOS allows HTTP clients to access the switch on port 80 (by default) as well as the network login page without additional encryption or security measures. For information about secure HTTP transmission, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL), see Secure Socket Layer.

By default, HTTP is enabled on the switch.