What is Windows application 'Route.exe' and give example

We googled 'route.exe' and found that It is used to block IP connections to the system but can't seem to fully understand the purpose of this utility as to how applying it to us. Can an EE give as an easy-to-understand explanation of this tool and some real live example of it being used for? (we use Windows 7 & 8)



ROUTE.EXE is for managing Network Routing Table on your computer (which assign a gateway for the requested IP) either static or dynamic
setting a static route (fixed) of an IP to invalid interface can be used to block some IPs
here is the output for it's help



ROUTE.EXE is for managing Network Routing Table on your computer (which assign a gateway for the requested IP) either static or dynamic
setting a static route (fixed) of an IP to invalid interface can be used to block some IPs
here is the output for it's help



Yes, prior placing the question we "route -?" then proceeded to google about it; there's lot of tech info.

Please excuse our ignorance on the topic, we are trying to understand it and find a use for it here.

That said, why would we want to manage the network routing table on our computer?

We read up on 'network routing table' and found technical info (from wiki, microsoft, etc.):

A routing table is a set of rules, often viewed in table format, that is used to determine where data packets traveling over an Internet Protocol (IP) network will be directed.

In computer networking a routing table, or routing information base (RIB), is a data table stored in a router or a networked computer that lists the routes to particular network destinations, and in some cases, metrics (distances) associated with those routes.

During the routing process, the routing decisions of hosts and routers are aided by a database of routes known as the routing table. The routing table is not exclusive to a router. Depending on the routable protocol, hosts may also have a routing table that may be used to decide the best router for the packet to be forwarded. IP hosts have a routing table. IPX hosts do not have a routing table.


... this brings us back to What is route.exe? why use it? Can we see real-live example of its use?

Appreciate EE patiences with us.



Never mind, I'm here to help as far as I can
the real benefits of ROUTE is only when you have multiple NIC or network card (Route call it Interface)
in this case by default each IP you request will be matched with interface IP and MASK if the required IP belongs to that network it will submit to that interface, but when you assign a static route (for a single IP or multiple IP using mask) it will respect this entry and forward to the interface you set,

another implementation when using VPN, VPN client creates a virtual interface so that all the VPN LAN requests will be routed to VPN interface and you can see that on the routing -print command



Ok, trying to understand real live situations for route.exe; when you say multiple NIC, you mean a PC with 2 internet connections (one using to AT&T the Verizon)? If so, route.exe must be used to tell the NICs their respective IP from the ISP?

(are we understanding correctly?)



Exactly

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