RIP Justification

Jonathon Exley Jonathon.Exley at
Wed Sep 29 21:50:54 UTC 2010

RIP is useful as an edge protocol where there is a single access - less system overhead than OSPF.
The service provider and the customer can redistribute the routes into whatever routing protocol they use in their own networks.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jesse Loggins [mailto:jlogginsccie at] 
Sent: Thursday, 30 September 2010 9:21 a.m.
To: nanog at
Subject: RIP Justification

A group of engineers and I were having a design discussion about routing protocols including RIP and static routing and the justifications of use for each protocol. One very interesting discussion was surrounding RIP and its use versus a protocol like OSPF. It seems that many Network Engineers consider RIP an old antiquated protocol that should be thrown in back of a closet "never to be seen or heard from again". Some even preferred using a more complex protocol like OSPF instead of RIP. I am of the opinion that every protocol has its place, which seems to be contrary to some engineers way of thinking. This leads to my question. What are your views of when and where the RIP protocol is useful? Please excuse me if this is the incorrect forum for such questions.

Jesse Loggins
CCIE#14661 (R&S, Service Provider)
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