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Default Route on HP Switch

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In what instance would an HP switch use the default route that it is configured for? If you have a LAN with an HP switch that has its default route set to the ip address of a server that is acting as a gateway to the internet, that doesn't mean that all traffic from the switch will be routed through that internet server will it? Or should the default route be set to 0.0.0.0 ?

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eureeka
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If you wanted to telnet into the switch to monitor performance from a different subnet, you'd need a default gateway.  Or if you have SNMP enabled and the SNMP management console is on another subnet, you would need a default gateway.
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by:tfewster
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eureeka, AFAIK the switch keeps track of all IP addresses on the LANs it links,
so it can direct packets down just the one subnet the address is on; If it is
asked to route a packet to an address it doesn't know, it can broadcast it on
all subnets (and hope there is a gateway on one of them) OR send it to a default
route (e.g your gateway to the outside).

So your setup seems correct - only "unknown" addresses get sent to the subnet
your gateway is on, for it to try to forward.

Sorry klover, I believe your answer is generally correct but doesn't apply here -
the default gateway isn't used for incoming connections by the target host.
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Ahh....ok, thanks guys!
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by:tfewster
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eureeka - did you really mean to accept klovers answer?

klover, I think that's 2 you owe me  now :-)
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by:eureeka
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Yikes! I'm sorry :-) I don't know why that happened. I can ask another question if you want, hee hee.
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by:tfewster
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Easy mistake to make; Glad we could help anyway.

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by:klover
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Since he did not specify the kind of switch or that it was a routing switch...  I belive we are both right.  I though he may have a low end HP Ethernet Switche that simply had a management interface.

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