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Can you use for a subnet mask?

Can you use for a subnet mask?

Had an interview today and did a networking test with 15 questions, was fairly straight forward.

There was one question, which asked which subnet mask you would use to make a printer the only host on a network. So I said - 2 useable hosts, minimum address wastage.

But the guy said I was wrong, and that would be used. Is this true? how if so? thanks

'When all else the manual'

RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

Yes--- is a single host mask. This is used all the time in adsl.


RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

Oh well, that's something new for me.

In CCNA the furthest they say you can go is .252!

So how does it work then? What about wire and broadcast addresses?

'When all else the manual'

RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

There are no broadcasts in situations like this, and the address in effect is the wire address. You would not have anything else on the network, like a /30 would. There are certain situations (PPP) that allow a /31---I believe this is Cisco proprietary, though. Just two point to point addresses, no broadcast or wire.


RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

Burt is 100% correct.  

The reason that the CCNA says you can only goto .252 is this:

256-252 = 4 ips in that subnet.  You will have your network id , then two usable ips, and finally your broadcast ip.  

I just wanted to explain that a little better for you in case you were not sure.


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RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

Also, I remember even in CCNA that when configuring loopback addresses, you should use a /32 mask.


RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

I, personally, think that you are both correct.

You can indeed assign a netmask of, but if you do that, I would argue that it is no longer a network but a standalone host.


RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

You are correct---I am not arguing that it is not a standalone host. It is.


RE: Can you use for a subnet mask?

Look at your routing tables and you find that the .255 masks are used if you want to specify routing to a single address only instead of a network block. This is one application for the single mask.

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