Why does IP overlap

Ability to overlap networks

There is nothing "wrong" with what you see. How this Windows Server computer connects to these two networks does not say that the hosts on each network will communicate with other networks.


The corresponding interface of this router is set as the standard gateway for the hosts connected to each network. On the Windows Server computer, the IP address of one or the other router interface is set as the default gateway.

You do not want to assign IP addresses from the network to the hosts in the network. Hosts on the network require a static route, which is specified in their routing tables for the network, in order to communicate with hosts on the network. This is impractical, but by no means a "deal breaker".

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In the example above, the Windows Server computer is delivering data to the correct destination without the need for static routes. The server has entries in its routing table because interfaces to each subnet are local. All of the fields in the sample scenario will it have the easiest time.

Your example (below) is a different animal from my example and is different from your question:

You're talking about a server that has a seemingly static route to the network via and three static routes to a, and network that can be accessed through a gateway at

Without knowing more about the topology (IP addresses assigned to the interfaces on the server, layout of the different networks behind the different routers) it's difficult to say much. Certainly, in and of itself, there is nothing "wrong" with anything I see in your image other than the obvious and blatant fact that networks falling under are not an RFC 1918 address space and are not in the private domain networks should be used.