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What is the significance of the Sub-net Mask Number of 255.255.255.0 for Network Connection?

Hi Everyone:

       I am curious about the meaning or significance of the subnet mask number of 255.255.255.0.  This number seems to always be static in both home wired and home wireless network connections.  What does each set of numbers represent?  Does each set of numbers represent a network with the actual number of 255 being the maximum number of computers which can occupy that network?  Much like a network within a network or subnet?

        Any shared thoughts to this question will be appreciated.

        Thank you

        George
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GMartin
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johnb6767Commented:
Subnet mask - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subnet_mask

255.255.255.0 is a class C mask, and that is the most common in home and small office networks.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

       Thank you for the link.  The information contained within it certainly addressed this question and many more which came up as well.

         George
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