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SubjectRe: unnumbered interfaces?
> I'm trying to understand unnumbered interfaces. From
> searching the web, they seem to be point-to-point links
> that do not have IP numbers (hence the name). This is
> what alludes:
> 1) How do you set a pair on linux boxes to do this? ppp?
> 2) How would a program send data across the link? Via
> sockets? Or thru /dev/something0?
> 3) Does it make sense that to use ethernet? Not to me
> but sometimes I'm wrong :)
> I'm sure I'm missing the obvious. I usually do. Can
> anyone shed some light on this topic?
> Thanks,
> Mark
> --
> Mark & Kathy Clayton
> S/V Brown Pelican

AFAIK, unnumbered interfaces are used only on routers on serial links and
things like pos. Basically one would then enter a route entry routing one or
more ip-blocks via an interface, not via the ip of a neigbouring router, in
stead of the ip address of the neigbouring router one enters the name of the
interface to use for this route.

Since these interfaces have no ip address, they cannot be the source of ip
packets. Applications that generate ip traffic on such a router will use a
different ip address on that router a the source ip, even if the packet has to
go out on an unnumbered interface.

Having said this, unnumbered interfaces are quite rare in ip networks, most
backbones use ip addresses on all of the interfaces of their routers. (do a
traceroute to anywhere, you'll find very few hops that show no ip address).

Met vriendelijke groeten,

Remco Post

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