The Static Route Table

Every networking device that uses or passes Internet Protocol traffic, and operates at OSI Layer 3 and above, uses a static route table. A static route table defines the networks, the destinations on those networks, and how the destinations can be reached.

To get the static route table for immediate examination, simply type "route print" into a command window.

If you want the data so it is easily compared between computers, you need to export the data into a text file.

  • Type "route print >c:\route.txt" (less the "") into a command window.
  • Then,

    • Type "notepad c:\route.txt" (less the "") into the same command window, for immediate examination.
    • Or, copy file c:\route.txt to another computer, for comparative examination.

Once you have the static route data in front of you, check out Joe Davies Understanding the IP Routing Table for details on how to interpret it, and to modify it.