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If we have a class B network x.y.0.0/20 for example.
How many subnets we have ? 16 or 14?
That means x.y.0.0 and x.y.240.0 are valid subnets or must be reserved to notify the hole
net(x.y.0.0) and  broadcast to all subnets (x.y.240.0) ?
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With the subnet you have you have an incrementing factor of 16.   So your ip address' will be as follows:  with a subnet mask of /20

x.y.0.0
x.y.16.0
x.y.32.0
x.y.48.0
etc

x.y.0.1-x.y.15.254

x.y.16.1-etc

I hope that answers your question.  If not please give me some more information
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The table below summarizes all of the Class B subnet masks and the number of
networks and hosts.
Subnet Mask 	# of Unique Valid Networks	# of Hosts on Each Network

255.255.0.0 	1—standard subnet mask		65,534

255.255.128.0 	Invalid—only 1 bit for subnet portion

255.255.192.0 	2 				16,382

255.255.224.0 	6 				8,190

255.255.240.0 	14 				4,094

255.255.248.0 	30 				2,046

255.255.252.0 	62 				1,022

255.255.254.0 	126 				510

255.255.255.0 	254 				254

255.255.255.128 510 				126

255.255.255.192 1,022 				62

255.255.255.224 2,046 				30

255.255.255.240 4,094 				14

255.255.255.248 8,190 				6

255.255.255.252 16,382 				2

255.255.255.254 Invalid—only 1 bit left for host portion 

255.255.255.255 Invalid—no bits left for host portion

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by:dimi67
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the two answers are different...wich is the correct?? 14 or 16??
kumar please be more specific..why x.y.0.0 and x.y.240.0 are not valid subnets?
Thanks in advance...
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by:beckman55
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valid subnets can only end in the following 0,128,192,224,240,248,252,254,255

So 255.255.0.0 and 255.255.240.0 are both valid subnets.  It depends on how your networking them and how you want to use them.  His chart is correct you will only get 14 networks with a 255.255.240.0 subnet.    My half that I explained shows how those 14 networks are broken up in the x.y.240.0 subnet.  x.y.0.0,x.y.16.0, 32, 48, 64, etc 14 times till you max that subnet.

Give us a little more info on what your trying to accomplish if that doesn't answer your question
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by:beckman55
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maybe just a little more to clarify:

IP address example:  

10.10.16.1 - ip
255.255.240.0 - subnet

10.10.32.1.
255.255.240.0
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by:dimi67
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in the sequence of x.y.0.0, x.y.16.0 ...x.y.240.0 we have 16 subnets and not 14...the question is : is 16.0 and 240.0 valid subnets?
thanks
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by:pavaneeshkumar
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255.255.26.0 is an invalid subnet
and
255.255.240.0 is a valid sunbet for class B.

please have a look on the table posted previously.
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also there are only 14 valid subnet under Class B network not 16.
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