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Because the network ID portion of a subnet mask is always composed of consecutive bits set to 1, only eight values are possible for each octet of a subnet mask: 0, 128, 192, 224, 248, 252, 254, and 255.

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Cover of Networking All-in-One For Dummies

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What about correct values: 0, 128, 192, 224, 240, 248, 252, 254, 255

FF.FF.FF.00 /24 255.255.255.0 256 1 C FF.FF.FF.80 /25 255.255.255.128 128 1/2 C FF.FF.FF.C0 /26 255.255.255.192 64 1/4 C FF.FF.FF.E0 /27 255.255.255.224 32 1/8 C FF.FF.FF.F0 /28 255.255.255.240 16 1/16 C FF.FF.FF.F8 /29 255.255.255.248 8 1/32 C FF.FF.FF.FC /30 255.255.255.252 4 1/64 C FF.FF.FF.FE /31 255.255.255.254 2 1/128 C FF.FF.FF.FF /32 255.255.255.255 This is a single host route

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1878.txt