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It's either managing a network of submarines, or it's a way of dividing your assigned range of IP-addresses into more than one "logical" network, so that you can define "rules" to keep the computers on one network from accessing the computers on the other network.

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Subnetting is a way of seperating your routers network into "Virtual" separate networks, placing whatever devices you have in each Subnet into their own separate network. Hope this helps!

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Static route for two different subnets

You did not say where are your two computers. Anyway, computers should work on most subnets routes except between and subnet.
Static routing should be set on two computers not on routers.
Assume computer A is connected to Router A and Computer B is connected to router B.
On Computer A, you need to add route to -inet via GW, and on computer B to set rotue to -inet 10.20.30/24via GW That is all you need.

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How to Calculate an IP v4 Subnet

An IP address is a specific address assigned to a computer across a network, allowing computers to communicate with one another. When IP Version 4 debuted, there were far less computers on the web. IP v4 only contains 4,294,967,296 possible addresses, including subnet number and broadcast addresses. Now, there are many more devices on the web and because of this, subnetting (as well as NAT) was developed as a way of maximizing usable addresses.

The Parts of an IP Address:

IP addresses contain 4 octets, 8 bits each. For example, in binary is


The Mask:

A Subnet Mask tells a computer what part of the address declares a subnet so it knows when the destination address is on the same network or needs to be routed to a different one. For example,

The subnet mask in binary is


when applied to or


The first 24 bits are the subnet. So, all addresses in are part of the same subnet. When a computer with address wants to communicate with a computer with address The information does not need to be routed because the computers are on the same network. However when a computer with address wants to communicate with or, the data must be sent to the default gateway to be routed.

The area that is not covered by the mask (in this case, the last octet) are used by the network. The lowest possible number of .00000000 or is the subnet number and the highest possible number of .11111111 or is the broadcast address. These particular addresses cannot be issued to devices on a network. This leaves 254 addresses on that can be assigned to devices on that network. The default gateway (the router) can be assigned any address in that space. However, it is typically assigned the first address ( in this case)

One more example:

Ip address of with subnet mask of or,


00001010.01100101.010010 00.00000000 or is the lowest address (aka subnet number) and

00001010.01100101.010010 11.11111111 or is the highest number (aka broadcast address)

Any number in between is assignable to a device on the network.

The Easy Way (without binary):

Always look or the odd octet (the one that isn't 255 or 0) in the subnet mask.

in this case is 252. Subtract that number from 255 and you have 3 (or as I like to call it the magic number)

find the same octet from the IP address:

in this case is 75. Find the multiples of the magic number that this octet is between. In this case, 75 is a multiple of 3, so the numbers we are looking for would be 75 and the previous multiple 73.

So far we have, and

fill the X's for the low number with 0 and
fill the X's for the high number with 255 and you have, (subnet number) and (broadcast address)

All addresses in between are usable. As confusing as it all may sound, all takes is practice. "Practice makes perfect." Try making up your own IP address and Subnet mask and calculate the range to find the subnet number and broadcast address. In time you will have it down to a science.

on Nov 05, 2010 | Computers & Internet


How to figure out your default subnet mask

A subnet mask is a 32-bit binary number, very similar to an IP address. And like an IP address, the subnet mask is usually expressed as a set of four octets written in decimal form, with each octet separated by a period.

The subnet mask is used by routers and switches to determine which part of a computer or other device's IP address is the network identifier, and which part is the host identifier. There are three default subnet masks, one for each of the IP classes A, B, or C. The default subnet masks are:

Class A =
Class B =
Class C =

To determine the default subnet mask for your network, all you need to do is see which class your network falls into. A network's class is assigned based on the first octet (the set of digits before the first period) of the IP address. For example, to find out which class the network belongs to, you would see where "123" fits into the following table:

First Octet: Class:
1-126 = Class A
128-191 = Class B
192-223 = Class C

So for the example above, is a Class A network, which means it would have a default subnet mask of

Most home and office networks will be Class C networks, so your default subnet mask will typically be (you guessed it) Not all networks use the default subnets, but for those that do, figuring it out is easy once you know which class your network fits into.

on Jun 23, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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How do i establish a subnet with a A address

The subnet is determined by the subnet mask. Class A addresses are contained in the following range: - The most common use of a class A address is

In class A networking you may use a subnet mask from all the way to

The subnet would work as the following example:

Network Address: 10.x.x.x
Subnet mask:

The first number in the above example would determine our subnet. So if you have 2 devices and you would want to put them in a different subnets you would want the first octet (octet is each number seperated by periods) to be a different number.

Network 1: 10.x.x.x
Network 2: 11.x.x.x

Unless these devices use a router to communicate they would not "talk" properly. Thus giving you 2 different subnets.

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I can not get it to work at all. Is there a CD I need to get this set up? I have a Linksys wireless G router and the Belkin F5D7130 plugged in to it. But I have no range.

You don't need a CD - there is a web interface. First, download the user manual here.

I suspect your problem is the Linksys/Belkin combination. Linksys by default uses a subnet of while Belkin uses With a subnet mask of (the default for both), no communication would be possible between these two subnets. The "255" in each of those first three octets means they must match exactly.

Either move the Linksys to or the Belkin to (and keep the same subnet mask) OR you can change the subnet mask to a broader one ( that allows the two different subnets to talk to each other. This subnet mask would have to be applied to both devices.

According to the manual, the default address of the Belkin is, which leads to your next problem - your PC probably can't connect to the Belkin device. Assuming your PC is configured for the Linksys subnet, the easiest way to communicate with the Belkin is to use a network cable directly linking your PC to the Belkin (may need to be a crossover cable) and manually set your PC's IP address to one in the same subnet as the Belkin, like for example with a subnet mask of Then you can open your web browser and point it to the Belkin default address, as outlined in the manual, and make whatever changes are required.

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I have a WNDR3400 and it serves DHCP IP addresses in the range of 192.168.2.x subnet. The routers is connected to the another local subnet 192.16.1.x I want the computers on the 192.168.2.x to be...

You need to set the subnet mask correctly on the machines so the machines can see traffic on both subnets. If DCHP is issuing the IP address of each subnet, it's also issuing the subnet mask. You should be able to configure both routers to issue a subnet mask of and that would give your computers on either subnet visibility to both networks. Make sure to configure only one of these routers as the gateway and make sure both routers agree which one is the gateway to the Internet otherwise some of the computers won't have Internet access.

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How do i establish a subnet with a B address

Subnet mask for 86 PCs is more than 64 and less than 128. it means that subnet mask is
You can have PC IP address in range -

Apr 21, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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What is subnet

A "subnet" is a segmented portion of a TCP/IP network. For example, if your main network is, a "subnet" would be Notice the 3rd octet (the zero after 168) is 0 on the main network, and 5 on the subnet.

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You need to subnet a network that has five subnets,each with at least 16 hosts.which classful subnet mask would you use?

224 = 11100000

Your networks would be

This will allow 8 subnets with 30 useable hosts in each.

NOTE: WILL NOT WORK. It will have 16 IPs in each subnet, but remember you only have 14 useable. One will be the network number and the other will be the broadcast IP.

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Daisychaining subnets?

It is not recommended to daisy chain subnets because the flow of information is slowed as well as transfer of information But if done properly by using routers as well as correctly identifying the flow of information with the use of static routing then that is the correct way of daisy chaining subnets.

Nov 26, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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