How to configure EIGRP for IP

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Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) is a Cisco proprietary enhanced distance-vector routing protocol. It relies on the Diffusing Update Algorithm (DUAL) to calculate the shortest path to a destination. It is similar to its predecessor, Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), in calculating the metric. However, it has many improvements, such as fast convergence, incremental updates and support for multiple network layer protocols. EIGRP acts as a distance vector protocol for calculating the best path to a destination, but it behaves like a link state protocol to propagate routing information and adapt to topology changes. To configure EIGRP for IP, issue the router eigrp as-number command in global configuration mode. The as-number has to be the same on different routers to accept routing information from each other. To enable EIGRP on the desired interfaces that are part of the major network, issue the network ip-address [subnet-mask] command in router configuration mode. The subnet-mask parameter, which is supported in later versions of Cisco IOS Software, allows you to run EIGRP only on certain interfaces that are part of the same major network. EIGRP can be configured for other features, like Message Digest 5 (MD5) authentication, to accept routing information only from trusted neighbors, automatic and manual summarization of routes and equal and unequal cost load balancing. It can filter incoming and outgoing updates, as well as adjust the metric of transmitted and received routes. For more information on EIGRP configuration with examples refer to: Configuring IP Enhanced IGRP Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol


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