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Chapter 8.6. IP Routing > IP Routing Overview

IP Routing Overview

Even the smallest networks today rarely consist of a single TCP/IP subnet. Many small networks are connected via routed dial-up connections to the Internet. Larger networks may consist of many TCP/IP subnets interconnected by WAN links. Networks that consist of more than one subnet must have some mechanism for forwarding IP traffic to the proper destination network. This is called IP routing. IP routing uses default gateways, or routers, on a subnet to forward traffic to the proper destination subnet. These routers can be either hardware devices or routing software installed on a PC. The Routing and Remote Access Service provides this functionality in Windows 2000.

▸▸ For more information on RAS, see Chapter 8.5, "Remote Access Service."


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