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Old 10th July 2013
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Originally Posted by ocicat View Post
[This topology] shields them from any broadcast traffic occurring in any other subnet.
Yes and no. It won't shield them from open broadcasts on the Ethernet segment, such as DHCP discovery requests, and of course it can't shield them from any non-IP datagrams that reach their NICs.

The IP shielding may eliminate some necessary NetBIOS functionality -- local name queries broadcast over UDP come to mind. I don't know much about Microsoft Networking but I assume a WINS server could provide the same capabilities.
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