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x.x.x.255 as an address gateway address?

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Hello all,
Either I am on the cusp of learning something new. Or The support staff I'm working with a blowing a lot of smoke up my ***

I have an issue with a Sprintray Pro95 resin printer. It's a $7k printer being used in a dental office to print 3d molds.  This printer has never worked except in "hotspot" mode. Whenever we configure it to the network (internal lan) side. The default gateway address (called the router IP in the config) does not retain the inputted address of our router at 10.1.50.1.  Instead it reverts to 10.1.50.255 upon saving.  

Working with the Spritray support had ben bruising to the ego to say the least, calling me stupid in less then gentle terms.  They argue that most networks are setup with the router at x.255 and that our network is setup poorly.  

In my entire carrier I have never set any address to x.255, my understanding is that .255 is a broadcast IP and my google foo seems to indicate this for the most part. Though I also have read .255 can be used as an address as well in some forms.

I honestly don't know why we cannot set the 'Router IP' manually. They insist their device is running correctly and are trying to figure out how to route traffic to our assigned router IP at x.1 saying it should be unnecessary.  If this is as common as they say I would I would have run into it before now. granted I got my Net+ in the early 2000's, but I've never seen anything like this. 

Can anyone confirm or deny their argument?

Thank you. 


 
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