I'm currently deploying a new site with an IP address range of - and wondering is it best to go with the subnet mask of /16 or /24? Each subnet will have no more than 2 or 3 hosts connected to a maximum of 100 hosts at this site. Each subnet is also on its own vlan so for example subnet is vlan 101. At another site I have deployed I'm using the IP range of - with a /24 subnet and it is ok on that network there is the about 150 hosts connected what is the implications of using a /24 compared to a /16 subnet mask.

Many thanks for your reply in advance.

  • Is there any reason you aren't considering a netmask of any other length?
    – YLearn
    Jul 22, 2015 at 21:29
  • I was just thinking of sticking with the /24 as on each subnet there are not many hosts and each subnet is routed via a layer 3 device if the subnets need to talk to each other
    – Andrew
    Jul 22, 2015 at 21:35
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A /16 would not work, unless you want to take the entire range. It would be easiest to manage with a single /24, but I would also suggest additional /24s be created for stuff like phones, wireless, servers, etc: VOICE DATA WIRELESS

If you are unfamiliar as to why one should separate voice and data traffic, take a look at a tool called VOMIT.

In the past, Cisco didn't recommend any more than 200 hosts per subnet-- I'm not sure if this has changed (I'm not a CCDA/CCDE). With that being said /23 and /22s are used in production environments all the time with little to no consequence. Modern computers handle broadcast traffic much more efficiently than the old stuff.

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