Cisco ROUTE 2.0: Understanding the RIP and EIGRP Routing Protocols

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
104 minutes

RIP is an interior gateway protocol that is used in smaller networks. It is a distance-vector routing protocol that uses hop count as a routing metric. There are three versions of RIP: RIPv1, RIPv2, and RIPng. RIPv1 and RIPv2 route in IPv4 networks. RIPng routes in IPv6 networks. EIGRP was developed as an enhanced version of the older IGRP and has many characteristics of the advanced interior gateway protocols, such as high-speed convergence, partial updates, and the possibility to support multiple network-layer protocols. The first step in configuring EIGRP is to establish EIGRP neighbor relationships over the various interface types. It is important to know how to verify these have been properly formed and how parameters like hello and hold timers, and different WAN technologies influence session establishment. The course describes general RIP characteristics as well as how to configure and verify basic RIPng. The course also explains EIGRP operations including EIGRP neighbor relationships and how EIGRP chooses the best path through the network. The course describes the configuration of stub routing, route summarization, and load balancing with EIGRP is detailed. The configuration of basic EIGRP for IPv6 and optimization with route summarization, and configuring EIGRP through named configuration is also covered.


Routing Information Protocol

  • start the course
  • compare RIPv1 and RIPv2
  • describe general RIP characteristics
  • identify the commands used in configuring RIPng on a Cisco router
  • identify the function of the default-information originate command
  • investigate the RIPng database
  • EIGRP Overview

  • list the key capabilities that distinguish EIGRP from other routing protocols
  • identify the characteristics of reliable transport
  • identify how EIGRP packets are used in the network
  • describe the EIGRP neighbor table
  • describe the EIGRP routing table
  • enable EIGRP for IPv4 routing
  • Enabling EIGRP

  • identify the function of the network command
  • advertise a EIGRP network
  • analyze an EIGRP wildcard mask
  • construct an EIGRP wildmask
  • analyze an EIGRP configuration
  • verify EIGRP neighbors
  • Verifying EIGRP Configurations

  • verify EIGRP routes
  • verify EIGRP
  • verify an EIGRP interface and topology
  • describe the EIGRP passive interface command
  • describe how EIGRP timers can be manipulated to improve convergence
  • describe EIGRP Neighborship over Frame Relay and Split Horizon
  • describe EIGRP neighborship over Layer 2 MPLS VPN
  • Practice: Configuring Routing Protocols

  • configure RIPng and basic EIGRP




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