Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

A route may refer to any of the following:

1. In general, a route refers to the path a data packet travels on a network. The route includes every device that handles the packet between its source to its destination, including routers, switches, and firewalls.

There are many ways for intermediary devices to decide which route data should take. The five major routing methods are unicast, broadcast, multicast, anycast, and geocast.

Diagram of the five major routing methods.

route command

2. Route is a command line tool that allows a user to view and configure their operating system's routing table.

Network terms, Router