Is my router routing packets other than the ones coming from/to my local network, or is my router only getting my specific packets and the router infrastructure of the ISPs are the ones handling general routing?


The Internet routers communicate with each other using routing protocols to learn the shortest path from one network to another network. Unless your router is in the path from one network to another network, it will not see packets between the two networks.

Obviously, your router is in the path of packets destined to your network, but unless you are configured as a transit between two different ASes (usually a misconfiguration if you have your own AS and multiple ISPs), your router should not see packets destined to any other network.

  • I was actually waiting for you to edit it because I really didn't want to modify someone else's question so much. I am more than willing to clean things up in a question, but I don't want to change the meaning or what you are asking. A question on hold will automatically come up for a reopen vote when you edit it. – Ron Maupin Feb 26 '18 at 23:32
  • Yeah the meaning is the same. I was thinking about switching over to SuperUser as per your suggestion when I had the time. Thought I'm still fuzzy on why it was off-topic. It seems from your initial comment that anything home networking related didn't belong on this forum. Is that correct? – Andy Feb 27 '18 at 3:05
  • Yes. On the What topics can I ask about here? page, is says, "Note: All questions about RESIDENTIAL/HOME networking and CONSUMER-grade equipment, are explicitly OFF-topic." Super User supports those types of questions. We are happy to help with the on-topic subjects listed on the page above. – Ron Maupin Feb 27 '18 at 3:08

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