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how do you turn on your defualt gateway?
You can configure a default gateway on a computer running Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows Server 2003 in the following ways:
When obtaining an IP address configuration using DHCP, the default gateway becomes the value of the first IP address in the Router DHCP option, which is configured on the DHCP server to specify an ordered list of one or more default gateways.
When obtaining an IP address configuration using the user-configured alternate configuration, the default gateway is the IP address specified in the Default gateway field on the Alternate Configuration tab for the properties of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) component in Network Connections. You can specify only a single default gateway.
When manually specifying an IP address configuration, the default gateway is the IP address typed in the Default gateway field on the General tab for the properties of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). To specify multiple default gateways, you must add them from the IP Settings tab in the advanced properties of the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
When obtaining the IP address configuration using Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA), a default gateway is not configured. APIPA is only useful for a single subnet.
The configuration of a default gateway creates a default route in the IP routing table. The default route has a destination of 0.0.0.0 with a subnet mask of 0.0.0.0. In network prefix notation, the default route is 0.0.0.0/0, which is sometimes abbreviated to 0/0. The next-hop address, also known as the Gateway address in the display of the route print command, is set to the IP address of the default gateway. The next-hop interface is the interface assigned the IP address in the Interface column in the display of the route print command.
Based on the route determination process, the default route matches all destinations. If there is no other closer matching route for the destination, the default route is used to determine the next-hop address and interface. Default route traffic is traffic destined to a remote network that is forwarded to the default gateway (rather than traffic destined for the default gateway's IP address).
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