Cisco® CCENT Exam Cram Notes : Static And Default Routes


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3.Routing Fundamentals

4. Static and Default routes

There are three ways a router learns how to forward a packet

1. Static Routes - Configured by the administrator manually. The administrator must also update the table manually every time a change to the network takes place. Static routes are commonly used when routing from a network to a stub (a network with a single route) network.

A static route adds an entry to the routing table for a specific destination IP address or subnet.

To configure a static route, issue the

ip route prefix mask {ip-address | interface-type interface-number [ip-address]} [distance] [name] [permanent] [tag tag] command in global configuration mode

Static Routing: It may be implemented in either one of two ways by using ip route command:

I. By using the next-hop address

Ex: Router(config)#ip route = destination network = subnet mask = next-hop address

Remember this by reading as: To get to the destination network of, with a subnet mask of, send all packets to

II. By using the exit interface

Router(config)#ip route s0/0 = destination network = subnet mask
s0/0 = exit interface

Remember this by reading as: To get to the destination network of, with a subnet mask of, send all packets out interface Serial 0/0

You must specify either the output interface (the interface on which all packets are sent to the destination network) or the next-hop address in a fully specified static route. You can use a fully specified static route when the output interface is a multi-access interface and you need to identify the next-hop address. The next-hop address must be directly attached to the specified output interface.

2. Default Routes - The default route (gateway of last resort) is used when a route is not known or is infeasible. The command is

ip route

Here is the gateway of last resort to network

3. Dynamic Routes - As soon as dynamic routing is enabled, the routing tables are automatically updated. Dynamic routing uses broadcasts and multicasts to communicate with other routers. Each route entry includes a subnet number, the interface out to that subnet, and the IP address of the next router that should receive the packet. The commands to enable rip are:

router rip 
network <major network number>

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