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WARNING: You must master subnetting using our course or some other trusted materials before you start using these shortcut approaches. It is a common issue for Cisco candidates to move directly to subnetting shortcuts for the exams without fully understanding exactly how subnetting functions.


Question 2: You have run the ipconfig command and discovered your IP address and mask are and How many hosts are permitted on your subnet?

Step 1: I reference the Powers of Two chart I created on my scratch paper when I encountered the first question. Adding 128 + 64 + 32 = 224. There are 3 bits used for subnetting and that leaves 5 bits for hosts.

2^7=128  |  2^6=64  |  2^5=32  |  2^4=16  |  2^3=8  |  2^2-=4 | 2  ^1=2  |  2^0=1

Step 2: The equation for the number of hosts per subnet is 2^h – 2 where h is the number of host bits. From the chart I see that 2^5  = 32. 32-2 = 30 hosts per subnet! Too easy!

As always, let us know in the comments if you have a quicker approach.

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6 Responses to “Speed Subnetting, Part 2”

  1. Olga says:

    Take a last mask octet(224) and subtract it from 256 = 32. Minus 2 = 30 permited host in subnet.

  2. Daniel says:

    I do what Olga does, another neat trick if you need to convert subnet mask to an ACL is to do 255 – the octect in the mask. So say turns into

    Also say that you have a mask like (/22). How many subnets does that give us? 256-252 = 4 subnets, which will be 0-3 if the IP is

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  4. Greg Ketchum says:

    I just take 256 minus the subnet. for example this one would be 256-224 which is 32 and then drop the broadcast and network and you come up with 30. Subnet would be 256-240=16-2=14. Subnet would be 256-128=128-2=126.

  5. Desati Nyanwleh says:

    This was such a helpful way to conduct sub-netting to find the number of host.

    Thanks Olga and Daniel


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