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.
A 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.