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When a router is unable to find a known route in the routing table, how does it handle the packet?

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When a router is unable to find a known route in the routing table, how does it handle the packet?

A. It discards the packet
B. It sends the packet over the route with the best metric
C. It sends the packet to the next hop address
D. It sends the packet to the gateway of last resort

Correct Answer: A
Explanation

Explanation/Reference:
In fact this question is not clear. If we understand that “router is unable to find a known route in the routing table” and there is no default route in the routing table then the router will surely discard the packet -> A is correct. But we are not sure if there is a default route or not so let learn more about gateway of last resort. A Gateway of Last Resort is a route used by the router when no other known route exists to send the IP packet. For CCNA level, when ip routing feature is enabled, a gateway of last resort is usually created by: + The “ip defaultnetwork” command (but dynamic routing protocols have different behaviors). But in general, the “ip default-network” cannot set the gateway of last resort without a known route in the routing table.
+ Creating a static route to network 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0 is another way to set the gateway of last resort on a router. This is the reason why this question is not clear as it does not tell us if a default route exists or not. Maybe in this question a default route does not exist. Otherwise the author would notice and indicate it in the question.

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When a router is unable to find a known route in the routing table, how does it handle the packet?
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