SonicOS 7 Rules and Policies

Routing Table Updates

As mentioned above, the practice of sending an entire routing table introduces the problems of slower convergences, higher bandwidth utilization, and increased potential for stale routing information. RIPv1 broadcasts its entire routing table at a prescribed interval (usually every 30 seconds), RIPv2 can either broadcast or multicast, and OSPF multicasts only link state updates whenever a change to the network fabric occurs. OSPF has a further advantage of using designated routers (DR) in forming adjacencies in multiple-access networks (more on these concepts later) so that updates do not have to be sent to the entire network.

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