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I configured a rip network. I connected two PCS to router 1, router 1 is connected to router 2 and PC 3 is connected to router 2. When I pinged PC 3 and looked at this in wireshark, in the source it showed the ip address and cisco_ followed by the start of what appears to be a mac address, e.g. cisco_fa:dd:b8, how come it shows cisco? Is this because its a remote host? As when I ping PC 2 from PC 1, cisco isn't displayed it just displays the ip address and mac address.

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  • At what point in your network did you do the capture? – Ron Trunk Mar 5 at 19:04
  • It might be helpful to put the Capture in Cloudshark and put a link here. – Ron Trunk Mar 5 at 19:06
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If I understand correctly, PC3 is on the other side of a router from PC1 and PC2. Layer-2 addresses are only relevant on the same network.

When a host is sending to the same network, the destination layer-2 (MAC) address will be that of the destination host.

A host sending to a different network will use the destination layer-2 (MAC) address of its configured gateway because that is the destination on the same network.

A router will strip off the layer-2 frame in order to route the layer-3 packet. The router will then build a new frame for the new interface, and the source layer-2 (MAC) address will be that of the router on the sending router interface.

  • but why does it start with cisco_ – The_Bear Mar 5 at 20:12
  • Because it is a Cisco router, and that is simply replacing the OUI with that to explain that it is a Cisco device. You see that in Wireshark with well-know vendors. – Ron Maupin Mar 5 at 20:14
  • So does that mean that it is showing the MAC address for router 2’s default gateway as PC 3 is connected to router 2? Not router 1? – The_Bear Mar 5 at 23:21
  • You did not provide a diagram or configurations, so I cannot answer that. – Ron Maupin Mar 6 at 3:09
  • I've added diagram to show you – The_Bear Mar 6 at 9:38

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