"JohnB" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I have a cable router/firewall for my small LAN, and it allows several
> computers to access the internet. It is a Linksys BEFSX41DS. My LAN is
> wired, not wireless, if anyone cares.
> I have looked at the routing table within the router:
> Routing Table Entry List
> Destination Mask Gateway Hops Interface
> 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 x.x.x.x 1
> x.x.x.x 255.255.252.0 0.0.0.0 1 WAN
> 192.168.1.0 255.255.255.0 0.0.0.0 1 LAN
> 192.168.1.0 is the subnet for my LAN.
> I've obscured my cable modem's unique IP address with x.x.x.x, for the
> of privacy.
> I don't understand the "0.0.0.0" as a gateway. Can anyone explain?
> I have read some textbook material, and learned of "default routes,"
> "loopback routes," "subnet routes," "host routes," and "multicast routes."
> None seem to apply to this "0.0.0.0."
This is your default route, or route of last resort. I.e. if the router doen
not know the route to an address then send the traffic here....
Time is a great healer. Unless it's a rash, then you're better off with
ointment. - Holly