8.1.4.6 Lab – Calculating IPv4 Subnets Answers

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8.1.4.6 Lab – Calculating IPv4 Subnets Answers

Lab – Calculating IPv4 Subnets (Answers Version – Optional Lab)

Answers Note: Red font color or gray highlights indicate text that appears in the instructor copy only. Optional activities are designed to enhance understanding and/or to provide additional practice.

Objectives

Part 1: Determine IPv4 Address Subnetting

Part 2: Calculate IPv4 Address Subnetting

Background / Scenario

The ability to work with IPv4 subnets and determine network and host information based on a given IP address and subnet mask is critical to understanding how IPv4 networks operate. The first part is designed to reinforce how to compute network IP address information from a given IP address and subnet mask. When given an IP address and subnet mask, you will be able to determine other information about the subnet.

Answers Note: This activity can be done in class or assigned as homework. If the assignment is done in class, you may wish to have students work alone or in teams of 2 students each. It is suggested that the first problem is done together in class to give students guidance as to how to proceed for the rest of the assignment.

The public IP addresses used in this lab are owned by Cisco.

Required Resources

  • 1 PC (Windows 7 or 8 with Internet access)
  • Optional: IPv4 address calculator

Determine IPv4 Address Subnetting

In Part 1, you will determine the network and broadcast addresses, as well as the number of hosts, given an IPv4 address and subnet mask.

REVIEW: To determine the network address, perform binary ANDing on the IPv4 address using the subnet mask provided. The result will be the network address. Hint: If the subnet mask has decimal value 255 in an octet, the result will ALWAYS be the original value of that octet. If the subnet mask has decimal value 0 in an octet, the result will ALWAYS be 0 for that octet.

Example:

IP Address                       192.168.10.10

Subnet Mask                   255.255.255.0

                                         ==========

Result (Network)            192.168.10.0

Knowing this, you may only have to perform binary ANDing on an octet that does not have 255 or 0 in its subnet mask portion.

Example:

IP Address                    172.30.239.145

Subnet Mask                255.255.192.0

Analyzing this example, you can see that you only have to perform binary ANDing on the third octet. The first two octets will result in 172.30 due to the subnet mask. The fourth octet will result in 0 due to the subnet mask.

IP Address                    172.30.239.145

Subnet Mask                255.255.192.0

                                      ==========

Result (Network)         172.30.?.0

Perform binary ANDing on the third octet.

Decimal               Binary

    239                      11101111

    192                     11000000

                               =======

Result    192                       11000000

Analyzing this example again produces the following result:

IP Address                     172.30.239.145

Subnet Mask                 255.255.192.0

                                      ==========

Result (Network)         172.30.192.0

Continuing with this example, determining the number of hosts per network can be calculated by analyzing the subnet mask. The subnet mask will be represented in dotted decimal format, such as 255.255.192.0, or in network prefix format, such as /18. An IPv4 address always has 32 bits. Subtracting the number of bits used for the network portion (as represented by the subnet mask) gives you the number of bits used for hosts.

Using our example above, the subnet mask 255.255.192.0 is equivalent to /18 in prefix notation. Subtracting 18 network bits from 32 bits results in 14 bits left for the host portion. From there, it is a simple calculation:

2(number of host bits) – 2 = Number of hosts

214 = 16,384 – 2 = 16,382 hosts

Determine the network and broadcast addresses and number of host bits and hosts for the given IPv4 addresses and prefixes in the following table.

IPv4 Address/Prefix Network Address Broadcast Address Total Number of Host Bits Total Number of Hosts
192.168.100.25/28 192.168.100.16 192.168.100.31 4 14
172.30.10.130/30 172.30.10.128 172.30.10.131 2 2
10.1.113.75/19 10.1.96.0 10.1.127.255 13 8190
198.133.219.250/24 198.133.219.0 198.133.219.255 8 254
128.107.14.191/22 128.107.12.0 128.107.15.255 10 1022
172.16.104.99/27 172.16.104.96 172.16.104.127 5 30

Part 2: Calculate IPv4 Address Subnetting

When given an IPv4 address, the original subnet mask and the new subnet mask, you will be able to determine:

  • Network address of this subnet
  • Broadcast address of this subnet
  • Range of host addresses of this subnet
  • Number of subnets created
  • Number of hosts per subnet

The following example shows a sample problem along with the solution for solving this problem:

Given:
Host IP Address: 172.16.77.120
Original Subnet Mask 255.255.0.0
New Subnet Mask: 255.255.240.0
Find:
Number of Subnet Bits 4
Number of Subnets Created 16
Number of Host Bits per Subnet 12
Number of Hosts per Subnet 4,094
Network Address of this Subnet 172.16.64.0
IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 172.16.64.1
IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 172.16.79.254
IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 172.16.79.255

Let’s analyze how this table was completed.

The original subnet mask was 255.255.0.0 or /16. The new subnet mask is 255.255.240.0 or /20. The resulting difference is 4 bits. Because 4 bits were borrowed, we can determine that 16 subnets were created because 24 = 16.

The new mask of 255.255.240.0 or /20 leaves 12 bits for hosts. With 12 bits left for hosts, we use the following formula: 212 = 4,096 – 2 = 4,094 hosts per subnet.

Binary ANDing will help you determine the subnet for this problem, which results in the network 172.16.64.0.

Finally, you need to determine the first host, last host, and broadcast address for each subnet. One method to determine the host range is to use binary math for the host portion of the address. In our example, the last 12 bits of the address is the host portion. The first host would have all significant bits set to zero and the least significant bit set to 1. The last host would have all significant bits set to 1 and the least significant bit set to 0. In this example, the host portion of the address resides in the 3rd and 4th octets.

Description 1st Octet 2nd Octet 3rd Octet 4th Octet Description
Network/Host nnnnnnnn nnnnnnnn nnnnhhhh hhhhhhhh Subnet Mask
Binary 10101100 00010000 01000000 00000001 First Host
Decimal 172 16 64 1 First Host
Binary 10101100 00010000 01001111 11111110 Last Host
Decimal 172 16 79 254 Last Host
Binary 10101100 00010000 01001111 11111111 Broadcast
Decimal 172 16 79 255 Broadcast

Step 1: Fill out the tables below with appropriate answers given the IPv4 address, original subnet mask, and new subnet mask.

  1. Problem 1:
    Given:
    Host IP Address: 192.168.200.139
    Original Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    New Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.224
    Find:
    Number of Subnet Bits 3
    Number of Subnets Created 8
    Number of Host Bits per Subnet 5
    Number of Hosts per Subnet 30
    Network Address of this Subnet 192.168.200.128
    IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 192.168.200.129
    IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 192.168.200.158
    IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 192.168.200.159
  2. Problem 2:
    Given:
    Host IP Address: 10.101.99.228
    Original Subnet Mask 255.0.0.0
    New Subnet Mask: 255.255.128.0
    Find:
    Number of Subnet Bits 9
    Number of Subnets Created 512
    Number of Host Bits per Subnet 15
    Number of Hosts per Subnet 32,766
    Network Address of this Subnet 10.101.0.0
    IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 10.101.0.1
    IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 10.101.127.254
    IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 10.101.127.255
  3. Problem 3:
    Given:
    Host IP Address: 172.22.32.12
    Original Subnet Mask 255.255.0.0
    New Subnet Mask: 255.255.224.0
    Find:
    Number of Subnet Bits 3
    Number of Subnets Created 8
    Number of Host Bits per Subnet 13
    Number of Hosts per Subnet 8,190
    Network Address of this Subnet 172.22.32.0
    IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 172.22.32.1
    IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 172.22.63.254
    IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 172.22.63.255
  4. Problem 4:
    Given:
    Host IP Address: 192.168.1.245
    Original Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    New Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.252
    Find:
    Number of Subnet Bits 6
    Number of Subnets Created 64
    Number of Host Bits per Subnet 2
    Number of Hosts per Subnet 2
    Network Address of this Subnet 192.168.1.244
    IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 192.168.1.245
    IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 192.168.1.246
    IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 192.168.1.247
  5. Problem 5:
    Given:
    Host IP Address: 128.107.0.55
    Original Subnet Mask 255.255.0.0
    New Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Find:
    Number of Subnet Bits 8
    Number of Subnets Created 256
    Number of Host Bits per Subnet 8
    Number of Hosts per Subnet 254
    Network Address of this Subnet 128.107.0.0
    IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 128.107.0.1
    IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 128.107.0.254
    IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 128.107.0.255
  6. Problem 6:
    Given:
    Host IP Address: 192.135.250.180
    Original Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
    New Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.248
    Find:
    Number of Subnet Bits 5
    Number of Subnets Created 32
    Number of Host Bits per Subnet 3
    Number of Hosts per Subnet 6
    Network Address of this Subnet 192.135.250.176
    IPv4 Address of First Host on this Subnet 192.135.250.177
    IPv4 Address of Last Host on this Subnet 192.135.250.182
    IPv4 Broadcast Address on this Subnet 192.135.250.183

Reflection

Why is the subnet mask so important when analyzing an IPv4 address?

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The subnet mask determines everything about the address: the network, number of host bits, number of hosts and the broadcast address. Merely looking at an IPv4 address tells you nothing. You need the subnet mask to fill in all the important pieces of information.

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