EIGRP… The Basics

Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) is an impressive set of features for IP Routing, which converges quickly and is on par and sometimes faster than OSPF. This routing protocol requires less processing time, less memory, and less network design than compared to OSPF. What’s the catch? This protocol is Cisco proprietary, if you have a network that uses non-Cisco routers, EIGRP will not and cannot be used on those routers. (Edit: Cisco has open this up to the IETF but you could still see issues if you found a vendor that supported EIGRP and not all features are supported***) EIGRP does not really fit into a specific spot of either Link-State or Distance vector, instead it stands on its own and is called hybrid routing protocol. Continue reading “EIGRP… The Basics”

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Link-State Protocols

Weeks ago and maybe months :), I talked about distance vector protocols and with that you probably got the feeling that when using a distance vector protocol it does not give a full network graphical representation of the entire network. Only the directly connected routes can’t remember? Check out this post Distance Vector Routing. Link state protocols are faster to converge network changes compared to distance vector however when compared to distance vector setup they can be harder to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot when problems arise. Continue reading “Link-State Protocols”

Distance Vector Routing

Couple weeks ago I talked about routing protocols and in the post I mentioned two routing protocol features distance vector and link state. Although these protocols fundamentally do the same thing by getting information on remote networks they get this information in a different way. For today let’s introduce distance vector routing. Continue reading “Distance Vector Routing”

Dynamic Routing Protocols

If you ever wanted to set up a network manually, you will quickly find how much overhead is required to get PCs, printers, and other network equipment. That’s where dynamic routing protocols come into play although they are helpful I strongly urge you to understand static routing first. (See the post Configure Static Routing) So for today’s post let’s get the foundation of understanding dynamic routing protocols. Continue reading “Dynamic Routing Protocols”