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ALSO CALLED: Network Routing
DEFINITION: A wildcard mask is a sequence of numbers that streamlines packet routing within the subnets of a proprietary network. A subnet can be a geographically defined local area network (LAN). Alternatively, a subnet may define security boundaries, departmental boundaries, multicast zones or hardware security parameters. The use of a mask saves a router the task of having to handle an entire IP address because  … 

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