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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab
Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

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Session 14: Routing protocols

In an earlier session you looked at the job a router does, which is to route packets of data across networks so that the packet will get to the desired destination. You saw how routers make their routing decisions by looking up the destination address in their routing tables and sending the packet on its way via the appropriate port.

In this session you are going to look at how routers learn about distant networks they are not directly connected to.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • understand the differences between static routing and dynamic routing
  • know how to configure default static routes
  • know how to configure a simple dynamic routing protocol called RIP (Routing Information Protocol).