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What is the significance of 0.0.0.0 as a gateway? #2

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     WAN
      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 sake
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."
Thanks,
John






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"JohnB" <johnb@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> 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
WAN
>       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
sake
> 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."
> Thanks,
> John
>
>
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....

FR
-- 
Time is a great healer. Unless it's a rash, then you're better off with
ointment. - Holly


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Fester
8/16/2003 7:24:03 PM
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