Say we have the the IP address

Anyone could say the following:

It just represents a normal network:

Or it is a subnet because normally this IP address is in the class A range,so that is 2^16 subnetworks

Or even,perhaps it is a supernet(not sure about this one(!))

How do we tell those apart?

  • I would understand it to mean "the address is and the mask is"
    – jonathanjo
    May 2, 2019 at 13:11
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IP address classes have been obsolete since before you were born. Subnet and supernet are in relation to other networks. So is a subnet of, but a supernet of


Because address classes are no longer used, there aren't different types of masks. A network mask (also commonly called a subnet mask) simply defines the network and host portions of the address.

Also, the concept of "subnet bits" or "subnet ID" is similarly obsolete.

  • If we had this address: , then how would i know what the previous mask was?It could be /16 so the subnet id is 9 bits ,or, /24 and so the subnet id was given just one bit.Can you really distinguish the original mask?
    – Some1
    May 2, 2019 at 10:50
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    There is no 'previous mask' or 'original mask' concept.
    – Teun Vink
    May 2, 2019 at 11:29
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    Just to add to the confusion, the term "subnet" is also used generally for any network segment.
    – Ron Trunk
    May 2, 2019 at 12:30

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