What would the next hop IP address be for this packet?

Last Updated on August 7, 2021 by Admin 3

A packet is received with a destination IP address of

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What would the next hop IP address be for this packet?

  • None; the packet will be dropped.
The packet will be routed to the next hop IP address of, since this routing table entry is the most specific match for the remote network. Packets are routed according to the most specific, or “longest,” match in the routing table.

The packet in the scenario has a destination IP address of, which matches two entries in the routing table.
– /8: this matches based on the /8 mask, where only the first byte has to match. The destination IP address of has a first byte matching 10. If this were the only matching route table entry, it would be selected.
– /24: The first 24 bits of this entry match the first 24 bits of the destination IP address of

Therefore, the /24 entry is selected for routing this packet because it most specifically matches the destination IP address, or has the longest number of matching bits.

The next hops of and will not be used, as these routes are not the most specific matches for the destination IP address of the packet.

It is interesting to note that packets that are destined for the network will be load balanced across both serial 0/0 and serial 0/1 because the cost (2172425) is the same for both paths.

The packet will not be dropped because there is at least one routing table entry that matches the destination IP address of the packet.

To ensure that no packets are dropped, even if there is no matching route in the routing table, a default route could be configured as follows (next hop picked at random for illustration):

Router(config)# ip route

This configuration would instruct the router to send any packets that do match the existing routes to For example, a packet destined for would not match any routes in the table, and would thus be forwarded to

If you understand how routing tables and routing advertisements work, it is relatively simple to describe the contents of a router’s routing table without seeing the table directly. To do so, you would view the router’s configuration and the configuration of its neighbors using show run, along with a diagram of its network connections. For example, examine the diagram of the two routers shown below along with their respective configurations:

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It will contain S* [1/0] via because of the static default route indicated in line 4 of its configuration output.

It will contain R [120/1] via 00:00:22, Serial 0/0 because Router 2 has a network statement indicating that it will advertise this network to its neighbors.

It will contain the two routes C is directly connected, S0/0 and C is directly connected, Fa0/0 because all directly connected routes are automatically placed in the table.

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