I (think) i’ve picked up a bug when setting my ip address with .240 subnet.
IP Address: 172.16.23.236
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.240
When I select FINISH I get the following error:
“Subnet mask is invalid, please verify your Subnet mask and try again.”
This is very strange and only happens when setting a static ip.
my DHCP server can assing that subnet without a problem but setting it manually is NOT possible.
That bug has been in there a long time…
I think the folks at WD never expected anyone to have a subnet smaller than 255.255.255.0
You ought to be able to use the mask 255.255.255.0, unless you have ANOTHER subnet somewhere on YOUR network
that uses the addresses in the range 0-225 and 241-254…
But even then, it’d be doubtful your WD would be able to talk to those devices anyway, so it might not harm anything at all.
Just try it…
Thank you for the reply.
If I change the subnet mask I’m worried that my router will route it somewhere else?
What do you think?
I will try setting it to 255.255.255.0 and test this afternoon.
No. A HOST’S subnet mask will not affect where a router sends packets. A host’s mask is only relevant to the host itself.
The mask is how the host determines whether ANOTHER HOST is on the SAME SUBNET (so it will try to communicate with it DIRECTLY) or on a DIFFERENT SUBNET (so it will try to communicate with it via its “Default Gateway.”)
If a host’s mask is set “too Big,” which is what is being described here, then it could make the Hub think that another host is on the SAME subnet, when in fact, it’s on a different subnet.
But like I said, unless you have MULTIPLE subnets in that range within your home network, you’ll be OK.
There’s very little risk of it not working with something out on the internet, because the IP range you’re using isn’t allowed on the internet anyway.