This is just a quick question I am wondering out of curiosity.

When I set up a network in packet tracer, why does "show IP route" show the network address (example: and not the IP address assigned to the end device (example: ?

It's probably not important, but I just want to understand how it works.

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show ip route command shows the static routing assigned manually

If you do show ip int brief or show ip interface brief it will show to ip assigned to a the interfaces on that router.

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    show ip route shows much more than just routes which are static and manually configured. It shows all routes in the routing table.
    – Teun Vink
    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:49
  • @AlexandreAmaralBednell Thank you for your answer! This helped a lot :)
    – CUPA
    Mar 23, 2019 at 13:13

Router(config)# sh ip route

This command refect existing route entries in devices and directly connected networks (L3 gateways) . It will show subnet instead of assign specific ip beacuse routing table reflect entire subnet pointing towards gateways (next hop).

Destination forward packets will destined to destination by taking routing descision based on routing table and forward packet to gateways where route is pointed towards .

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