I was wondering (more or less hoping) someone could help me with the basics to subnetting. I am seriously banging my head against the wall. Don't get me wrong, I have been reading a lot online and I am slowly understanding (I think), but some things just aren't clicking.
Mostly, I don't understand how PC's on the LAN are able to communicate between subnets... (Does that question make any sense?)
In short, I have basically been given the task of setting up a new site in our company. I want to be able to scale this LAN to handle somewhere around 16,000 hosts. I was thinking of using the subnet of 255.255.192.0 to accomplish this. What I don't understand is how 255.255.192.0 = 16,xxx potential hosts... Will the PC's on the LAN get different subnet addresses like 255.255.192.0 and 255.255.192.1? Can a PC with the .1 subnet communicate back to a PC with the .0 subnet correctly? Where does the broadcast address come in?
I know these must sound like silly questions, but I've yet to find a good online resource to explain them. Any basic help would be so greatly appreciated, or even any helpful links.