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Chapter 17. Building Your Own Network > Setting Up a Routed Network

Setting Up a Routed Network

If configured with two or more network adapters using the TCP/IP protocol, Windows XP has the ability to serve as a router, and will pass traffic between the two networks. You may want to do this if you have a test network that you want to keep isolated from your office LAN.

Here's how routing works: If Windows receives a data packet whose IP address matches no network interface in the computer, it will try to forward the packet according to its routing table. In general:


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