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Nov 10 2011   7:35PM GMT

How to add reliable default route with RIP?

Sulaiman Syed Profile: Sulaiman Syed

Adding reliable default route with RIP

The command for distributing a default route into RIP process is very straight forward.  Lets go with the syntax straight away.

router rip
default-information originate route-map RELIABLE
route-map RELIABLE permit 10
match ip address prefix-list DUMMY_TRACKED
set interface Serial 1/0
ip prefix-list DUMMY_TRACKED seq 5 permit
ip route null0 track 1

Here we have added a route map to the default-information command. This route map will match an ip address. This IP address is the Route. That means, IF that route ( is in the routing table, then distribute the default route. This can be used with real routes, or as in our case with dummy route. Second is command “set” is telling the router on which interface advertise the default route.

So we have created a dummy route, and tracking it with IP SLA. The interesting twist here, is that the SLA is for real interface.

ip sla 1
icmp-echo source-interface s1/1
frequency 1
timeout 50
ip sla schedual 1 start now life forever
track 1 ip sla 1

So, if the real route goes down, the dummy route will be out. Once that happened, the default-information command will cease to work.

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