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How do you get five switches to talk without using a routing protocol?

I want to add five catalyst 3550 IOS switches to a single 4506 Cisco router so that each switch will have its own subnet.,, etc.. how do you get all five switches to talk without using an routing protocol like OSPF or RIP or any other routing protocol? Is this possible?

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I don't get to work with the Cisco equipment, but what I have read would imply that the single switch should be the gateway for the various subnets. AND the subnet mask would be expanded to include each group (i.e., 192.168.10.x with only sees the .10.x segment. a subnet mask of would see both .10 and .11 segments). Five branches would require three bits or

This was first published in September 2005

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