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Subnetwork - Definition

A Subnetwork (or subnet) is a portion of a network, which may be a physically independent network segment, which shares a network address with other portions of the network and is distinguished by a subnet number. In order for computers to communicate on one network, they will all need their own IP address. However, if you have two or more networks, instead of purchasing different numbers for each network, subnetting provides the ability to easily divide one IP address range amongst all the hosts in your network. Therefore, Subnetting is used in IP networks to break up larger networks into a smaller network.

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