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# Learn the easy way to subnet using the proven Subnetting Secrets method.

Step 1 Write out the subnetting cheat chart by hand. You need to be able to do it by hand in case you have to work out subnetting problems in your head or in an exam. The subnetting cheat chart is here. Step 2 Look at the IP address and subnet mask. If the subnet mask is written out in abbreviated form (called CIDR) then just count up in blocks of eight and add the last few numbers to reach the subnet mask. e.g. 192.168.1.23/26 - we need to work out what the slash 26 actually is when written out as a full subnet. The binary maths section tells you that 255 in binary is equal to 8 and we need to reach 26 so.. 255 is 8 255.255 is 16 bits 255.255.255 is 24 bits and to get to 26 we need to add 2 to 24 so tick two places down on the top left column on the subnetting cheat chart.
128 192 224 240 248 252 254 255

So you can see that by ticking down two (which is 24 + 2 = 26 bits) we have generated the subnet mask of 255.255.255.192 which if write out in binary bits is 26 binary bits (or 8 + 8 + 8 + 2). Step 3 Tick the same number across the top row of the Subnetting Secrets Cheat Chart.
128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1

The above table is purely one binary octet written out in decimal. Whichever number your last tick ends at tells you which number your subnets begin on. Don't worry if this doesn't make much sense at the moment. Please keep with it and like any new still, it will click very soon. So we have it number 64 which tell us that our subnets are going up in increments of 64. Our host number out of the IP address 192.168.1.23 is the number 23. It is 23 because 192 is a traditional class C address so we can only use numbers in the last octet for IP addresses.