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comment Why can't all zeros in the host portion of IP address be used for a host?
Updated my post. Bottom line is that assigning the network address to a device is against the specs and while you might get away with using it in a small stub network you still run the risk that if you're router gets a software update (or if you change routers) that the device or your whole network may stop functioning properly.
Nov
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comment Why can't all zeros in the host portion of IP address be used for a host?
Windows is actually correct. The spec is that the network address is not supposed to be assigned to a device. If you try to ping the network address it should be ignored but that varies by vendor. I've never thought to try it but I've been told that with Cisco routers pinging the network address gets the same behavior as pinging the broadcast address - all devices on that network segment respond.
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revised Why can't all zeros in the host portion of IP address be used for a host?
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revised Why can't all zeros in the host portion of IP address be used for a host?
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answered Why can't all zeros in the host portion of IP address be used for a host?