Originally Posted by Marshac
It's not the size of the pay, position, or respect- it's the size of your IP block
Mine is only a /29... you rule man. What do you use them all for?
Sorry, I'm being confusing again. The 4 /26's are at work and part of a couple of class B's and several class C's we have. (Big company.) And I'm running low on IP's and am short on switch ports. I'm over a local network of 100+ PCs, 20 or so printers and a bunch of other network devices of different sorts. Well, that's just my building; my workgroup whom I help out periodically covers several more buildings and an even more impressive array of subnets, VLANs and such. The big building has two routing networks, one of which runs production machinery and has two fully operational redundant networks. Everything on that network has at least one redundant link to the last switch...and perhaps to the network devices...I'll have to go double-check that as I don't usually touch that network. Even the computer systems that run production are fully redundant: if there's a critical error with today's operation they flip a switch and run on the other set of computers under yesterday's operating parameters and manually deal with any inconsistencies between the two days' operations. My bad restaurant service story was from when we were swapping out the core switches and patching in new gigabit fiber runs. 8) (My building still has a lot of 10Mbit and even has a dumb hub serving a few devices, but it's better than when I got here.)
The corporate network is fully contained on company leased lines. The only internet route is through corporate HQ. At work I don't have to worry about direct internet contact; just the occasional worm that gets lose in the network and users who try to bring in their own virus-and-spyware-infested laptops and PCs. Most of our network is publicly routable but well firewalled; we've outgrown our allotment so we're using private IP ranges in places. That's fun when you find a router that's still refusing to route private IPs.
I have a /29 at home but realized I can use all 8 publicly addressible IPs by calling it a /26 locally...I just lose access to 7 other /29's which are just other DSL home users and not likely ever to be used by me.