Configure secondary IP address in Cisco IOS

It`s a kind of old story, but still it can be real revelation for those who start to learn networking principles. This is the way to extend your broadcast domain in situation when you are running out of IP addresses. There are some other reasons why to use secondary IP address, but they are unlikely.

Just to be clear: on Cisco IOS you can add as much as you need secondary IP addresses. All of them will be secondary. All other gateways on that segment  should have configured secondary IP addresses in order to stay gateways for those networks (in case you are using HSRP or other redundant protocol).

Once again, no metter how many IP addresses you have on single interface, on L2 level, there still will be single broadcast domain.

Now configuration. From global configuration mode, go to desired interface and configure as I did:

R1(config)#interface fastEthernet 0/0
R1(config-if)#ip address
R1(config-if)#ip address secondary
R1(config-if)#no shutdown

That`s it! Nothing more – nothing less. Now you will be able to route traffic, basically, for two networks over singe interface.

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Dejan Dzodan

Dejan Dzodan

IT professional for more then 15 years, mostly in financial institutions but with experience in ISP and retail. Proven in networking and overall infrastructure projects. Cisco instructor.

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