Using Subnet Calculator in Pinkie

Subnet calculator is a must have tool for a network professional. Pinkie’s Subnet Calculator is unique in a way that it captured both IPv4 & IPv6 information in the same user interface.

IPv6′s adoption is slow partly because it’s complex, confusing and not something that one can remember easily compared to IPv4 address. Pinkie’s SubnetCalc is meant to help with IPv6 adoption by exposing IPv6 to you plus it gives you more information about IPv6 in hope that you can broaden your knowledge.

Below are some of the enhancements that were built into Pinkie:

  • Working With Subnet Mask: If you prefer to work with Subnet Mask, the dropdown box give you the option to choose subnet mask which also displays the CIDR notation.
  • Working With Prefix Length: If you prefer to work with the prefix length, the textbox named Prefix Length allows you to enter prefix length directly. This is how you can subnet an IPv6 address.
  • Related IPv6 Info: When you are working with IPv4 address, Pinkie will give you all the details like Network ID, Broadcast ID, Wildcard Mask, Block Size… and it also gives you the extra details about related IPv6 info – useful information to make the transition over to IPv6 easier.
  • Related IPv4 Info: Like wise, when you are working with IPv6 address, Pinkie will show you the detailed IPv4 information when applicable. This is done automatically. No user interaction is required.
  • Show Various IPv6 Notations: The checkboxes in the Display Options group box allows you to see IPv6 in multiple forms. Check or uncheck them to see the changes; maybe then you’ll know why IPv6 is sort of confusing at first glance.
  • IP Address Examples: The dropdown box at the bottom of the SubnetCalc tab can show you different IP address examples from IPv4 to IPv6. If you select an IP address example and click on the Tell Me More link, Pinkie will take you to the web where you can learn more about that particular type of address.

There are so many variant of IP Subnet Calculator. I try my best to bring what I think is important into Pinkie’s SubnetCalc. If you have a particular enhancement for it, feel free to send in your suggestion.