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Cisco® Networking All-in-One For Dummies® by Edward Tetz

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Chapter 6: Meeting the Routing Protocols

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check.png Seeing how your router chooses between installed protocols

check.png Weighing benefits and drawbacks of distance-vector routing protocols

check.png Checking out the pros and cons of link-state routing protocols

When your network grows to the point where static routes are unmanageable, it is time to consider what routing protocol to use on your network. Unlike static routing table management, dynamic routing table management adjusts automatically for topology and traffic changes. In this process, the routers exchange information between devices, which allows the routers to build complex routing tables that span your network. These protocols include Interior Gateway Protocols (IGP), used inside your network, and Exterior Gateway Protocols (EGP), used to join your network to exterior or other networks.

remember.eps Do not confuse routing protocols with routed protocols. The routed or routable protocols’ list includes protocols, such as IPX/SPX and TCP/IP, and are able to move data between network segments by having the data pass through a router. In this chapter, ...

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