Host Routing Tables – IPv4 Routing Table




In this article we will discuss Host Routing Tables – IPv4 Routing Table, will make brief discussion on Using the Host Routing Tables. In last article we discuss about Default Gateway – Using the Default Gateway.



Host Routing Tables

Host routing table A routing table on the host yields the forwarding address of the router to be used to reach the desired destination network ID. On a Windows host, the route print or netstat -r command can be used to display the host routing table.  Host Routing is the routing process that occurs when a host on a network forwards a packet to a destination host on the network. Both commands generate the same output. The output may seem overwhelming at first, but is fairly simple to understand. Routing is the process of selecting a path for traffic in a network, or between or across multiple networks.



Host Routing Tables - IPv4 Routing Table
Host Routing Tables – IPv4 Routing Table

routing table is a set of rules, often viewed in table format, that is used to determine where data packets traveling over an Internet Protocol (IP) network will be directed. All IP-enabled devices, including routers and switches, use routing tables. Entering the netstat -r command or the equivalent route print command, displays three sections related to the current TCP/IP network connections:



  • Interface List – Lists the Media Access Control (MAC) address and assigned interface number of every network-capable interface on the host, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth adapters.
  • IPv4 Route Table – Lists all known IPv4 routes, including direct connections, local network, and local default routes.
  • IPv6 Route Table – Lists all known IPv6 routes, including direct connections, local network, and local default routes.

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