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URL Redirects using NAT

August 30, 2011 | 1 minute read

In my previous post, Router URL Filtering using NBAR, I explained how it was possible to block users from accessing websites simply by using NBAR, a class-map and a policy-map. In this post I’ll describe how you can redirect your users’ web requests instead of simply blocking them. This time we’ll use NAT instead of NBAR. For this example, let...

Subnetting Made Easy - Formula

August 29, 2011 | less than 1 minute read

I covered subnetting in my earlier posts, Subnetting Made Easy, Part 1 and Subnetting Made Easy, Part 2. In the latter mentioned post, I explained how you can use simple additions or subtractions to work out the First Usable Address, the Last Usable Address and the Broadcast Address of a subnet. As the post was quite long, I thought I should r...

Router URL Filtering using NBAR

August 29, 2011 | 2 minute read

There are many ways you can block users from accessing websites they shouldn’t be, such as firewalls, proxy servers, DNS servers, etc. However, if you have a small setup, chances are you may not have any of these in place already, and you may be reluctant add another piece of equipment to your network. This is where your Cisco router can come t...

Subnetting Made Easy, Part 2

August 28, 2011 | 3 minute read

In my previous post, Subnetting Made Easy, Part 1, I demonstrated the way I use to find the Network Address, First Usable Address, Last Usable Address and Broadcast Address when given any IP address and subnet mask. This time I will demonstrate how this process can also be used when dealing with multiple, consecutive subnets. To make things eas...

Subnetting Made Easy, Part 1

August 27, 2011 | 3 minute read

There are a wide range of techniques people use to work out their network, host and broadcast addresses. I prefer to take the binary approach as I find it the quickest and easiest method, and is never wrong. Remember, the four most important things to know about a subnet is the following: Network Address: First Usable Address: Last Usab...