Daryl's TCP/IP Primer

Addressing and Subnetting on the Near Side of the 'Net

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1. Overview and Scope

This document is designed to give the reader a reasonable working knowledge of TCP/IP subnetting, addressing, and routing. It is not intended to be complete, or to cover all issues. This is targeted toward LAN administrators just moving to TCP/IP, however it should help anyone who wants to know a little (more) about how TCP/IP works. This document does not, generally, apply to dial-up SLIP/PPP connections.

The difference between this (a primer) and an FAQ, is that most FAQ's, in practice, tend to be question-and-answer oriented, and generally seem to try to cover ALL issues, not just the ones frequently asked about. This primer is intended as a starting point for someone who has an interest in the subject, but doesn't know where to start or what questions to ask. This should also help to broaden the understanding of people who have worked with TCP/IP for a while, but either haven't had the time to study all the less-than-useful theory behind the subject, or have been somewhat overwhelmed by the many theoretical details and have missed the big picture.

This is maintained in HTML. I have made it available as one large page for the benefit of those who prefer to print off a copy and read it that way. Also useful for sharing via hard copy. If you choose to print this out and distribute this, I ask that you distribute it in its entirety, and that you don't charge for it.

Feedback, of course, is always greatly appreciated, and will help determine the direction and growth of this living document. In fact, just a quick email to say "thanks" (if it helped) will help motivate me to keep this current and expanding :-)

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