RIP Justification

Chris Woodfield rekoil at
Thu Sep 30 03:32:37 UTC 2010

On Sep 29, 2010, at 6:14 PM, Scott Morris wrote:

> But anything, ask why you are using it.  To exchange routes, yes...  but
> how many.  Is sending those every 30 seconds good?  Sure, tweak it.  But
> are you gaining anything over static routes?

For simple networks, RIP(v2, mind you) works fine. You're correct that the number of advertisements sent over the wire every 30 seconds won't scale, but with today's routers and bandwidths it takes quite a lot to start to cause issues.

The real nail in RIP's coffin is that with most (if not all) routers out there today, it's no more work to turn on and configure OSPF than it is to do RIP, and OSPF will help you scale much better as you go without being too complex for the simpler setups as well. As such, it really doesn't make sense to go with RIP for mere nostalgia's sake. If you have a specific reason not to run OSPF, fine, but those reasons are few and far between.


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