what is the purpose of network on eth0?

while configuring firewall rules for a new (ubuntu 18.04 in nyc3) droplet today, i noticed that the output of route (below) shows three networks instead of the normal two (public, private).

can anyone tell me why the network exists in our droplets? - public - private - ???

root@104:~# route
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
default         _gateway         UG    0      0        0 eth0     U     0      0        0 eth0     U     0      0        0 eth1   U     0      0        0 eth0

thanks! -lee

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ok. got it. thanks!

so apparently, even when a droplet has no floating ip enabled at the time of it’s creation, the anchor ip will be configured for the droplet regardless, to ease the process of enabling floating ip at a later time.

Your public network interface has an “Anchor IP” associated with it for the use of a floating IP:

Thanks for the speedy reply ryanpq!

Nope, it’s just a basic droplet with private networking, so no floating IPs or load balancing. Also no backup plan, monitoring, cloud-firewall or IPv6.