[mythtv-users] convoluted questiom

Barry Martin barry3martin at gmail.com
Wed Dec 29 13:58:52 UTC 2021

> With a /24 address, the top 24 bits are the subnet address and the
> bottom 8 bits are the device addresses on that subnet.  Normally, the
> broadcast address for any subnet is the highest device address, so for
> a subnet of, the broadcast address should be
>  So the command should be:

Thanks for the explanation  Stephen!

> Using the dotted decimal notation for netmasks (and IPv4 addresses)
> has always seemed a bit strange to me as it rather obscures how they
> work.  It is much more obvious using hex notation.  And I expect that
> IPv6 addresses use hex notation for that reason as well as to cut down
> on the length of the address when you have to write it down.
My guess is the decimal number is easier for a human accustomed to Base 
10 to remember: I can remember (and quickly type via the NumPad) 
"" to access a specific computer whereas the 'random' 
sequence in hex isn't user friendly to this brain.  Now if I was more 
accustomed to hex.... :)


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