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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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RIP Version-Specific Message Formats and Features

As I've noted, RIP has been in widespread use for more than two decades. During that time, internetworks and internetworking technologies have changed. To keep up with the times, RIP has also evolved and today has three different versions. The basic operation of all three is fairly similar, and it was described in the previous sections of this chapter. As you might expect, there are also some differences between the versions. One of the more important of these is the format used for RIP messages in each version, and the meaning and use of the fields within that format.

It's now time to take a look at the message format used by each of the three versions of RIP as well as certain specific features ...

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