Routing through subnets, static routes

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http://serverfault.com – Topology: C1 -- -- R1 -- -- Switch -- C6 |-- R2 -- -- C5 I am a newbie in networking and I have a question about routing through subnets. I want to ping computer C5 from computer C1 (see below). If I want to do so, I have to define a static route on R1, because R1 knows only its direct connected subnets and not the other ones. Without a static route on R1, C5 is unreachable from C1. Static route on R1: Destination: Subnetmask: Gateway: With this static rou (HowTos)