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can I supernet to save time

Posted on 2004-09-15
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Our private network currently uses 192.168.0.0/24 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0). We're out of IP addresses. I would simply like to supernet and change our network to 192.168.0.0/16 (subnet mask 255.255.0.0). I know I'll be treating a class C range as a class B, but will it work? Research I have done so far says it will and it will save a lot of time. We have a Cisco PIX firewall.

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by:jasperomalley
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Yes.
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adamdrayer earned 50 total points
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only a couple of things that may hinder you but probably won't are:

1. Present or future VPN connections with other 192.168.x.x addresses won't work
2. Your broadcast address for the network has changed from 192.168.0.255 to 192.168.255.255.  Not a big deal, but something to keep in mind in case it breaks anything.

Also make sure that whatever is performing your NAT is also reconfigured.  If it's a firewall, you may have to alter the rules
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by:PennGwyn
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You might consider going to /20 (255.255.240.0) rather than all the way to /16.

Note that this is only legal because all of the 192.168.x.x subnets are reserved by RFC 1918.  If you were using 172.16.0.0/16, you could not make the analogous leap to 172.0.0.0/8....

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