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Hello, I am new to the cisco discussion forum, and weill fairly new to the cisco world. I am currently in school for my associates degree in the IT field. My question is...I have a network setup in Packet Tracer...4 2811 routers, 2 2950 24 port switches and some pc's...I have all routes set up, statically, cause thats what the project calls for...I can ping my networks that are directly connected but when I ping other networks I lose packets.  Like I said I'm kinda a noob so bare with me...I have double checked and even triple checked my routes. I have set the clockrate and bandwidth on all the serial ports too.  I wasn't sure where to post this so sorry for bothering you.  Any ideas...I'm not neccessaritly looking for the answer if you could just point in the right direction.

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My understanding is that you are pinging networks locally and that's okay, but anything remote doesn't work. Assuming that you're not using NAT in this topology, routing requires that the source knows how to get to the destination and the destination knows how to get back to the source. For example:

Router A WAN:

Router B WAN:

Router B LAN:


Router A ( connects to Router B ( Router B connects to the LAN switch on Router B's inside interface ( The PC connects to the switch and it's IP is The PC will have a default gateway of (inside interface on Router B). When the PC pings (Router A), it will go to Router B since it doesn't know about the network (this is where the default gateway comes in play). Router B will get it and say "I know how to get to" and sends it there. Router A will drop the traffic though because it doesn't know how to get to (where the PC is). You'd need to add a static route on Router A that states "ip route". Then your traffic wouldn't drop.

I hope this wasn't too confusing...



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Ping from what to what?

A posted topology diagram would be helpful.  (Or Packet Tracer file.)

Do PCs have gateway defined?

All router's "know" (i.e. your static routes) all non-connected networks?

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Re: noob question

Hey guys thanks for the speedy replies, I have my default gateways setup and I have a full routable topology, ha.... I think that's what it's called, my understanding of what I mean is I have fault tolerance set up so if one router was to go down the packets have a different path to take. I'm not sure how to add a file to this forum as it only has options for images and videos...when I don't have the extra routes in there ( for the fault tolerance ), I can ping everywhere.

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Ha, I'm learning this forum slowly, I have attached the packet tracer file into my original post. 

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