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On a private network I'm using, I'm configuring the ethernet interface as such:

IP address :
Net mask  :
Gateway   :

I can understand the first 2, but the gateway value didn't make sense to me. It should be the router's address, right?

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@cwd: what are you saying? – lang2 Jan 4 '12 at 16:59
i think it's pretty clear. you should at least put a more accurate question title in... – cwd Jan 4 '12 at 17:00
typically your gateway in a situation like that would be – kobaltz Jan 4 '12 at 17:26
yes, it should be the router's address in most situations. – kobaltz Jan 4 '12 at 17:26
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The gateway should be the IP address of the device your computer will go to when it needs to communicate outside of your local network, eg your router. is a broadcast address and has no chance of working.

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that's what I thought. but that's the working value, at least that's what I was told. – lang2 Jan 4 '12 at 17:04
it will work for local addresses, If your successfully using it on the internet I have no Idea how its doing it. – squarebear Jan 4 '12 at 17:06
@lang - you should accept correct answers – cwd Jan 4 '12 at 17:13

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