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On Sat, Oct 15, 2011 at 01:32:47AM +1030, Tim wrote:
> Out of the various IP ranges  that are available for private use,
> because they are not, and will not, be used as public IPs on the
> internet, ...
Very specifically, look up RFC1918, where these ranges were defined.
> It's common practice to use an address ending with 254 for routers and
> gateway, but it's purely customary.
Actually, in my experience it's much more customary to use the .1 adress as
the main gateway in the network, especially for Class 'C' networks. I
really only started seeing .254 when some of the manufacturers of retail
router/firewalls picked it. But, as you say, it's a matter of convention.
Probably the most important item to pick up on is to put the main gateway
at one end or the other of the subnet address range.
> As for how to allocate IPs within a LAN, that's up to you. Some people
> have ...
It is extremely useful to have conventions for IP address assignment, since
you, as the administrator, can look at an address and *know* what that
piece of equipment should be, or can *know* where to start assigning static
IP addresses if necessary (e.g., for printers, VOIP phone systems, etc.)
A common convention I've used for (literally) decades now is:
Low addresses: Network Equipment (gateway, routers, terminal servers, etc.)
Next range: Servers
Next range: Printers & end-user equipment w/static addresses
Top Addresses: VPN addresses, experimental/temporary equipment
Just what these values are depends on how big your subnet is. For
instance, most people use what we called a Class 'C' subnet--netmask is 24
bits (255.255.255.0)--allowing a max of 254 devices; let's use
192.168.100.0 as an example subnet:
192.168.100.0 - Entire Network
192.168.100.1-254 - Usable device range
192.168.100.255 - Broadcast Address
For this small network, a usable convention would be:
192.168.100.1-9 - Network Equipment. Gateway at 192.168.100.1
192.168.100.10-20 - Servers
192.168.100.21-99 - Printers & End-User Equipment w/static addresses
192.168.100.100-199 - DHCP-assigned addresses
192.168.100.200-254 - VPN addresses, experimental/temporary equipment
As a further convention, if you're using a VPN scheme that requires address
assignment, start from 254 and work down; that lets you know that if you
want to temporarily assign ad-hoc static addresses, you can start at 200
and work your way up.
Obviously, you can shift the boundaries to meet your local needs; and if
any of these ranges are too small, you can pick one of the Class 'A' or
Class 'B' (yeah, I know, old terms) address/netmask combinations.
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