Pinging to broadcast address

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Apr 8th, 2010
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Although there is no host present with broadcast address ( ping responce is received how can we stop this?

Tried using ip directed broadcast but some how it's still responding to broadcast address.

Please share the experience to stop broadcast replies.



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Giuseppe Larosa Thu, 04/08/2010 - 05:00
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Hello Subodh,

if you want that ping to directed broadcast is not sent out on a router interface you need to use

int type x/y

no ip directed-broadcast

you can check this setting using

sh ip interface typex/y


sh ip int vlan160 | inc irected
  Directed broadcast forwarding is disable

sh run int vlan 160 | inc ip address
ip address


Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:

Reply to request 0 from, 4 ms
Reply to request 1 from, 1 ms
Reply to request 2 from, 1 ms
Reply to request 3 from, 1 ms
Reply to request 4 from, 1 ms

the answer comes from the companion switch (a pair of C6500 at distribution layer in a campus network)

however, this setting does not stop packets originated at router itself  as shown above

Hope to help


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