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IP ADDRESS SPACE

Why was not the IP address space just divided into 16 bits for network numbers and 16 bits for hosts?
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lrmooreCommented:
Not enough networks, not enough hosts that way. How many networks need as many hosts as 16 bits will give them?
Do you need references to the RFP's that set up the scheme?
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dansotoCommented:
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GrindCrusherCommented:
Becuase that would be a waste of IP address. . If the IP address was divided by 16 bits that would give you 65536 address per net work minus 2 address for network ID and Broadcast ID . How many companies , people , etc run 65,000 plus computers on 1 network ? The answer is very few. For a more detailed link on addressing:
http://www.learntosubnet.com
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rrhunt28Commented:
It was done this way to allow companies to use ip addresses in a way that was best for them.   Just like everyone else said, the number of hosts/subnets changes as you change your subnet mask.  However, in recent years new things have been developed to better use ip addresses.
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sumsamCommented:
they have done this also in class B networks. and u can do it in class A networks with the help of subnetting.
Actually what this shows that they left of it up to u. what are ur needs u can do things accordingly.
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