How do you calculate subnet masks? What are the benefits and drawbacks to using subnetting?

How do you calculate subnetting addressin? What are the benefits and drawbacks to using subnetting in practice?
hittabusta420Asked:
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RowleyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've always used http://www.subnetmask.info/ to help with all that jazz.

Benefits/Drawbacks? It's not a benefit/drawback thing. It is a way of managing address space, an analogy might be n the way in which geographical borders define countries. That's my ha'pennies worth anyway.

Type "define:subnet" in google for loads more info, descriptions and such.
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svsCommented:
That sounds like a question from job interview... if so, he probably failed it
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