ip route

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Feb 14th, 2007


Can I know what this command does - 'ip route x.x.x.x'. Is it just when a packet matches the ip then it would be forwarded to x.x.x.x? If so, when will a packet have the ip

Please clarify.



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guruprasadr Wed, 02/14/2007 - 22:52

Hello Radhika,

Concept: Means Any IP Means Match All

x.x.x.x Means forward to the Destination Adr.


IP > BOOTP/DHCP, Request from 00:04:23:57:a5:7a


The above IP Route Command you mentioned will be used for this type BOOTP / DHCP Requests. Because, Basically systems getting their IP Address assigned during BOOTP & via DHCP will request using their MAC Address Only.

At this Case, their initial IP will be & it need to be matched fully(255) since it may be BOOTP / DHCP & then request is fwd to the DHCP Server(x) where their MAC Address will be matched against "Mac-address-table" & IP will be released based on the Availaibility & Lease Condictions.

Hope this Helps you!!

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Guru Prasad R


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