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Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

In this example:

Is that the subnet or something?  What's it called?

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

/24 indicates the subnet mask is

in binary, it has 24 1s and 8 0s


so a /16 would be


I tried to remain child-like, all I acheived was childish.

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

a.b.c.d/24 is called CIDR notation. It's Google-able.

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

Also, FYI:

/24 - Default Class C subnet mask (
/16 - Default Class B subnet mask (
/8 - Default Class A subnet mask (

'When all else fails.......read the manual'

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

Its just a shortcut way to tell you what the subnet mask is.

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RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

CIDR = Classless Inter Domain Routing

Or you could call it VLSM

Variable length Subnet Masks

Either way, it means you can subnet your network more effectively.

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

Thanks for all the replies, guys!

I spent a couple of hours going over subnetting in detail, so I feel comfortable with the general premise of creating custom subnet masks and then referring to the subnets by their subnet IDs, but I still am confused about a couple of things.

Is it possible to take a class C address and apply a subnet mask that is less than 24 bits to it?  Or can you only ADD bits to a subnet mask?

Also, I've seen a network with a private class A address ( subnetted with a class C default subnet mask.  I was under the impression that you could only customize the subnet mask to the next octet in the mask.  Can you go even further than that?  

I appreciate the help guys!

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

Hi,  yup, you could take a Class C address and reduce the mask if you wish, known as Supernetting. and also you can summarize ( CIDR ) address ranges on routers to cover routes for ranges of Class C.

I.E /24 ( Class C ) = around 254 nodes /24 ( Class C ) = around 254 nodes

Supernet to /23 = around 512 nodes
Range to

OR /22 = around 1024 nodes
Range to

On a router,  If you have 4 class C address routes /24 /24 /24 /24

Instead of having 4 separate routes in the routing table you could use CIDR and have one entry representing the whole range /22

Of couse the same applies with class B`s, A`s etc...

MCNE6,CCNA2,CWNA, Project+

RE: Newb question. What does the /24 specify?

1) Yes, I have seen clients who, when they ran out of 192.168.1.x addreses, just widened their mask to allow 192.168.0.x to 192.168.7.x addresses

2) Yes, a great many 'large' organizations are 10.x.x.x worldwide, although each remote site may use a mask.  The local router can send all other 10.x.x.x addresses to Corporate Headquarters and all other addresses to the Internet.

So a real estate agenty may be 10.199.237.x and all local devices are in the subnet, but an address like may be a mail server at the world headquarters. By using a mask it knows that the mail server is not local.  The local router can have a default route of the internet and a route to the main router at corporate.

In this scenario, one usually has a VPN back to Corporate (and a firewall to the internet)

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