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Monday, November 12, 2007

Hotspot: Topology Based Questions

Question 1:
If router has a packet destination address What describes the operation of the network?

R1 will drop this packet because it is not a valid ip address


The destination IP address is broadcast address of the network 192168.1.0 /24 on router R1.

Network Address: subnet mask:

Network valid host range: –

Broadcast Address :

Since router (R1) received a packet with destination IP address ( which is broadcast address so it simply discards the packet as Forwarding broadcast packet can lead to severe storms of packets, and if uncontrolled could lead to network overload.

Question 2:
Users on the /24 network must access files located on the server 1. What route could be configured on router R1 for the file requests to reach the server ?

ip route s 0/0/0

To enable users on network to access files on server1, we need to establish a default static route.

Static route syntax:
ip route prefix mask {ip-address interface-type interface-number [ip-address]} [distance] [name] [permanent track number] [tag tag]

From the options provided for this question the correct default static route is
ip route S 0/0/0

PS: As per best practices static route to server1 on R1 should have been

ip route
ip route s 0/0/0

Question 3:
When a packet is sent from Host1 to Server1,in how many different frames will the packet be encapsulated as it is sent across the internetwork?



First: Host1 encapsulates the packet into frames and forwards to the switch.
Switch in turn forwards the same frame to router R1.

Second: Router R1 receives the frame on one interface and it is encapsulates into new packet once it leaves the router R1 towards the direction of server1.

Third: R2 receives this packet and it also encapsulates the frame into new packet when it is forwarded to server1 on different interface of R2.

Therefore the packet is sent using three different frames to reach from Host1 to server1.

Question 4:
What must be configured on the network in order for users on the internet to view web pages located on web server2?

On router R1, configure a NAT to translate address on to network.

Question 5:
The router address is the default gateway for both web server2 and host 1. What is the correct subnet mask for this network?


Given subnet mask for this network is based on the exhibit.
To find the correct subnet mask for this network based on number of devices shown in the exhibit that are already configured with IP address and by not wasting IP addresses scheme.

The network consists of only three devices as per the exhibits which are configured with IP address.

R1(fa 0/0) : ( default gateway as per the question)
Web server 2:

correct subnet mask that will cover all above IP address is
( Thanks to Helmut who identified the exhibit IP address to be considered for this selection of correct subnet mask)


Anonymous said...

I think the last question answer is
-We need 3 subnets here
so in 4th octate the first 2 bits should be used for subnet (this will give us max of 4 subnets).. remaining 6 can be used for hosts in each subnet.

Thanks for the detailed explaination of all

Helmut said...

Last Question answer need to be

If you refere to the exhibit you see that the devices have alredy the IP's and 106 since the GW has 250 the only Subnet that covers all given IP's is /24
I do not think the the question asks about the best, it just asks
What is the correct subnet mask for THIS network.

a3tips said...

Hi Helmut,

You have a valid point in pointing already configured IP addresses...

Updated the answer.. thanks


Anonymous said...

i guess answer of Q 4 is NAT is required.
you cant access the server from internet with routing because server is placed on private IP address so its impossible to access it from internet.
so i think answer is option "C"

a3tips said...


We are creating a static route using point-to-point link from R1 router to R2 router(Internet). Once traffic reaches R1 from R2 since server Network is directly connected to R1 we can reach server without any NAT statements.

Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

a3tips, i still dont agree with u.

just aswer me can u access private ip from internet without nat?

2nd question.
you said
"We are creating a static route using point-to-point link from R1 router to R2 router(Internet)"

but in answer choices a,b,c,d there is no such option to configure static route on R1.

a3tips said...


As per exhibit we have direct connection using a serial link (point-to-point) between R1 and R2.
So by adding a default static route on R2 to server network we can access the web page.

For example u have two routers connected using a serial link.. to access first routers LAN what you need on other router... a static route to reach that LAN right...

we all know we need a NAT statement to access private network from internet. Here we are answering the questions based on topology provided.

Hope this helps

Muhammad said...

i am also talking in term of this topology.but for topology we can not change our concepts either.

you are supporting this answer only because its what written in
P4S i guess.
But just check latest P4S 245 Q , they have also corrected this , and answer is NAT, thats right now.

Oks u tell me if we select NAT Answer option C then wont it work?
It will work 100%.if u think it wont then give me reason,

Anonymous said...

Moreover i agree with you that with static route it will work, But with this answer we are saying that private IP is accessible from public network with routing, and that is false.

a3tips said...

Hi muhmmad,

You have a point... I will update the answer to NAT.
I am not supporting P4S answers if i was then other Qs would also been wrong right..


Anonymous said...

Gud :D
Cheers for All


xcitingindian said...

Hey man
U r doing a great job.
I doubt the answer for encapsulation question is 2. The reason is they are asking FRAME encapsulation. Only 2 frmae encapsulation. 3rd is packet encap....

a3tips said...

Hi xcitingindian,

The third one is R2 recives the frame on one interface from R1 and this packet then need to be sent to other interface of R2 to reach the server here again the frame encapsulation is done before leaving to server.

Hope this helps


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Anonymous said...

About Question 1, I guess since the Ip directed-broadcast command is disabled by default this packet would indeed be dropped. However this could be forwarded if that was enabled. Just a note to the community..

barenas said...

About question 3,

in the wan link between R1 and ISP, there a layer 2 encapsulation, for example hdlc, and that counts as a frame:

Frame 1: MAC Host1 --> MAC Fa0/0 R1
Frame 2: HDLC Frame
Frame 3: MAC Fa0/0 ISP --> MAC Sever1

Hopes this help...