Re: default GW 2 hops away?

Tim Fletcher (
Fri, 12 Mar 1999 01:36:33 +0000 (GMT)

> > Should it be possible to set a default gateway that is 2 hops away?
> > I have a router on my local subnet that can route to another
> > network in which there is a desired default gateway that will route
> > to the rest of the world. I get a "SIOCADDRT: Network is unreachable"
> > error when I try to set the default gateway though...
> Maybe I'm missing something but why do you want to do this? The default
> gateway in this case ought to be the router on your subnet, which should
> forward the packets in turn to _its_ default router, which would be the
> one to the outside world. Gateway routers should always be on the same
> subnet as you since the basic definition of a gateway is "a router on the
> local subnet that can get my packets to one or more other subnets." A
> gateway two hops away is something of an oxymoron. :)

Can you not use "funny" netmasks, here at uni we have three subnets
(,, all share the route My netmask is set to and I can talk to a
225 host (I am a 224 host) without talking to the router.

This depends if the router is 2 physical hops away or 2 logical hops away
(ie on the same broadcast ether)

Tim Fletcher .~.
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