Working With Subnets

Working With Subnets

This video will look at IPv4 subnetting in more detail. Subnetting in IPv4 is the process of taking a network and dividing it in smaller networks. This allows the administrator to divide the IP Addresses that they have been given and use them more effectively.

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Subnet Example
In this example the administrator has been allocated the network This network needs to be divided into five separate networks. When subnetting networks, binary is used. For this reason, everything works in powers of two. Looking at the powers of two, the required number of bits would be 3; 2 to the power of 3 gives 8 networks; 2 to the power of 2 would give four networks. This does mean that this will be three more networks then required. There is often this kind of wastage in a network, however, having extra networks does allow for future expansion.

Online Subnet Calculator
To use the online calculator, open the address Once open enter the address you wish to subnet, in this example is being used. Following this, is the subnet mask before subnetting, and in this example this value is 24. In this subnet calculator is the option ‘move to’. This will allow the administrator to enter in the number of bits they want to allocate to new subnets. In this case, 3 bits are required so 24 plus 3 is 27 so the move to value is 27. Once the values have been entered in, press Calculate.

Once Calculate is pressed, all the subnets will be calculated and displayed. A full breakdown is given. The breakdown shows useful information like the network, broadcast, number of hosts, first and last host on the network. The important point to notice is that originally there were 254 hosts on one network. Now there are eight networks with 30 hosts per network.

Subnet Example 2
In this example the administrator has been given the network In this case, the administrator wants to divide the network into four subnets. Using the powers of two table this gives 2 to the power of 2. This means that two bits are required. Breakdown
To break the address down into four subnets, first change the network address into binary. Looking at the binary, the first 24 bits will be the original network ID. The next two bits will be allocated to subnets. The last six bits will be allocated to hosts.

To work out the new subnets, copy and paste the first 24 bits from the original network ID. The next two bits are allocated to the subnet ID. It is just a matter of starting from zero and adding 1 and converting it to binary. For the first network this will be zero which is 00 in binary. Adding one will give one which is 01 in binary. Adding one again will give two which is 10 in binary. The last subnet with be three which is 11 in binary.

The last six bits are the host ID. This can range from all zeros to all ones to anything in between.

Subnetting Results
The network ID for all the subnets is the same. So the 24 bits are copied for all the different subnets. The next step is to add the network ID. The first subnet will be 00 in binary, followed by 01 in binary, 10, and lastly 11. The first address on each subnet will be all zeros. This is known as the network ID. This is not a useable IP Address. The network ID is used in routing and generally found on network diagrams. The last address of each subnet will be all ones. This is not a usable IP Address and is used for broadcasts. If you sent traffic to the broadcast address, the traffic will be sent to all nodes on the network. All the rest of the addresses are useable IP Addresses.

“Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 Exam Ref 70-410” pages 202-203
“IP Calculator”

Trainer: Austin Mason
Voice Talent: HP Lewis
Companion Document: Austin Mason
Video Production: Kevin Luttman
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