Pinging Subnet Address - Is this normal?

hitmenhitmen Banned Posts: 133

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Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Reply to request 0 from, 68 ms
Reply to request 1 from, 1 ms
Reply to request 2 from, 8 ms

I am pinging the subnet address
Is the output like this normal?

What is the difference if I put no auto-summary vs auto-summary in discontiguous network?
Will the packets just go both ways?
Does it affect pinging or QoS in any way?
I only know that I have to put it to no auto-summary to be "safe"


  • paq7512paq7512 Member Posts: 102 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Your network classful network is / 16 when you do no auto-summary that means send subnet info to my neighbor, if you did not do that and have another router on say traffic will most likely go to both routers and you could lose half the traffic, if a host in on a particular network and not the other, you could setup load balancing but that is another topic.
  • hitmenhitmen Banned Posts: 133
    I don't understand. Why doesn't the ping with 5 exclamation marks exist?
  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Because you are pinging a broadcast address.
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  • xXErebuSxXErebuS Member Posts: 230
    Because you are pinging a broadcast address.

    Technically pinging a network address....

    Depends on switch / IOS, I get 5 exclamation points when doing it in my environment. Are you using a real switch or virtual? PT and GNS are not good tests for granular things.
  • powmiapowmia Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 322
    Ever see the command "ip broadcast-address" in a router? Networker is right, your network ID is also a broadcast address. This isn't RFC compliant, so not all devices allow this anymore.
  • hitmenhitmen Banned Posts: 133
    I am using GNS3. Is the outpur normal then?
  • Danielh22185Danielh22185 Member Posts: 1,195 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Yes you are pinging the broadcast address so my guess is you are getting the return from the .3 address because it is the only address in that subnet that can return the ICMP response.
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