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IP Subnetting Step #5: Determining Host Addresses For Each Subnet
(Page 3 of 3)
"Shortcuts" For Quickly Computing Host Addresses
As you can see, defining the host
IDs is really quite straight-forward. If you can substitute bits and
convert to decimal, you have all you need to know. You can also see
that as was the case with defining the subnet addresses, there are patterns
that you can use in defining host IDs and understanding how they work.
These generally define ways that we can more quickly determine certain
host addresses by working directly in decimal instead of bothering with
binary substitutions. This is a bit more complex conceptually, so only
proceed if you are feeling a bit brave.
The following are some of the shortcuts
you can use in determining host IP addresses in a subnet environment:
- First Host Address: The first host
address is always the subnet address with the last octet incremented
by 1. So, in our class C example, subnet #3's base address is 22.214.171.124.
The first host address in subnet #3 is thus 126.96.36.199.
- Subsequent Host Addresses: After you find
the first host address, to get the next one you just add one to the
last octet of the previous address. If this makes the last octet 256
(which can happen only if there are more than 8 host ID bits) you wrap
around this to zero and increment the third octet.
- Directly Calculating Host Addresses: If
the number of host ID bits is 8 or less, you can find host #N's address
by adding N to the last octet's decimal value. For example,
in our class C example, subnet #3's base address is 188.8.131.52. Therefore,
host #23 in this subnet has an address of 184.108.40.206.
If there are more than 8 bits in the host ID, this only works for the
first 255 hosts, after which you have to wrap around and
increase the value of the third octet. Consider again subnet #13 in
our Class B example, which has a base address of 220.127.116.11. Host
#214 on this subnet has address 18.104.22.168, but host #314 isn't 22.214.171.1244.
It is 126.96.36.199 (host #255 is 188.8.131.52, then host #256 is
184.108.40.206, and we count up 58 more (314-256) to get to #314, 220.127.116.11).
- Range Of Host Addresses: The range of
hosts for any subnet is determined as follows:
- First Address: Base address of subnet
with last octet incremented by one.
- Last Address: Base address of next
subnet after this one, less two in the last octet (which may
require changing a 0 in the last octet to 254
and reducing the value of the third octet by 1).
For example, consider subnet
#17 in our Class B example. Its subnet address is 18.104.22.168. The
address of subnet #18 is 22.214.171.124. So, the range of hosts for subnet
#17 is 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.
- Broadcast Address: The broadcast address
for a subnet is always one less than the base address of the subsequent
subnet. Or alternately, one more than the last real
host address of the subnet. So, for subnet #17 in our Class B example,
the broadcast address is 184.108.40.206.
Did I just confuse you? Well, remember,
these are shortcuts and sometimes when you take a shortcut you get lost.
J Just kidding,
it's really not that hard once you play around with it a bit.
In closing, remember the following
quick summary when working with IP addresses in a subnet environment:
- The network ID is the same for all
hosts in all subnets, and all subnets in the network.
- The subnet ID is the same for all hosts
in each subnet, but unique to each subnet in the network.
- The host ID is unique within each subnet.
Each subnet has the same set of host IDs.
- Subnetting is fun!
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