Cisco ROUTE 2.0: EIGRP Topology Table and Optimizing EIGRP Behavior

Anyone wishing to obtain real-world routing knowledge, and those that are considering CCNP and CCIP certification. This learning path’s discussion of routing could also benefit early CCIE Routing and Switching candidates. Students completing the ROUTE 2.0 learning path should have a solid foundation in routing fundamentals, Cisco IOS basics, and Cisco routing basics. Attending the ICND1 and ICND2 classes or having the CCNA certification will fulfill these expectations.


Expected Duration
118 minutes

Once EIGRP neighbor relationships are established, the exchange of routing information begins. EIGRP uses Update packets to exchange this information. All the routing information received from neighbors is stored in an EIGRP topology table. EIGRP uses DUAL to calculate best routes to remote networks. In order for a route to be inserted into the routing table, it must satisfy the feasibility condition, which is used to prevent loops in the EIGRP networks. The route with the lowest metric to the destination becomes a candidate to be inserted into the routing table. If any routes remain, they must satisfy the feasibility condition to become a backup route to the destination network, should the primary route become unavailable. To calculate the cost for each destination network, EIGRP uses a sophisticated metric, which is by default, composed of bandwidth and delay. When EIGRP is deployed in larger networks, you need to optimize the default EIGRP behavior to achieve desired scalability. By implementing EIGRP stub configuration, you can limit EIGRP query range, making EIGRP more scalable with fewer complications. By using summarization, you can reduces the size of the routing tables and optimize the exchange of routing information between the routers. To utilize available redundant links, EIGRP by default supports load balancing across multiple links. To improve network utilization, you can also configure EIGRP to utilize unequal-cost load balancing. This course explains how EIGRP chooses the best path through the network and also how to configure stub routing, route summarization, and load balancing with EIGRP.


Building the EIGRP Topology Table

  • start the course
  • identify the criteria EIGRP uses to calculate the best path
  • match the EIGRP term to its description
  • select the best path to a destination in a given scenario
  • describe how EIGRP uses DUAL to achieve rapid convergence
  • identify the criteria EIGRP uses to calculate its metric
  • recognize EIGRP metric calculation
  • describe the function of EIGRP queries
  • recognize key characteristics of EIGRP stub routers
  • recognize conditions that will cause a router to go into stuck in active state
  • Optimizing EIGRP Behavior

  • identify how route summarization can reduce the amount of query messages
  • determine a EIGRP summary route in a given scenario
  • describe the benefits of using EIGRP route summarization
  • describe EIGRP automatic route summarization
  • identify the function of manual route summarization
  • configure EIGRP route summarization
  • verify EIGRP route summarization
  • recognize how to obtain default routes in EIGRP by using the default-network command and static route redistribution
  • describe how EIGRP utilizes load balancing
  • recognize how EIGRP uses the variance feature
  • recognize how EIGRP performs unequal-cost load balancing with the variance feature
  • Practice: Optimizing EIGRP

  • optimize EIGRP




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