“All roads lead to Rome…” Routes,  infrastructures, hidden passages, tunnels……railroads.

   As I’ve mentioned before, I love Packet Tracer. I love playing with the commands and building new and interesting networks.

I am talking about Networking Architecture, Designs, Engineering.

Eigrp, RIPv2, and Ospf are routing protocols, not routed protocols don’t get them confused. Routing protocols are “streets/lanes/pathways” on a map. Routed protocols are the buses, cars, pedestrians, bicycles, and so on that use the streets to get to the end destination such as “IP” and “IPX/SPX“.

RIP, EIGRP and OSPF are all interior gateway protocols (IGP)

IGP is kind of like FedEx except packages go from warehouse to warehouse, then each individual warehouse ships to their own building on their own block.

OSPF is the most used interior gateway protocol routing protocol in the world (right now). It is a public protocol, meaning anyone can use it.

Eigrp is owned by CISCO, however, in 2013 Cisco had released a partial IETF draft and then in 2014 updated that draft with more information allowing it for public use.

RIPv2 “One of these  protocols are not like the others”, yeah….that would be this one. The lessor but, not forgotten. An old generation protocol from 1993 that limits the number of hops allowed in a path from the source to a destination. This means networks are smaller and limited as well.

CCNA: Routing Protocols (RIPv2, OSPF, EIGRP) Lab overview.

Networking With Rich    This podcast gives an overview of the Routing Protocols lab completed by one of his classes. It covers the configuration of RIPv2, OSPF (single area) and EIGRP.


Click the links below for some already configured packet tracerswith basic commands and are ready to go.

Play with them, and test your abilities to see how well you can configure and how things move and act!

These are downloadable files for packet tracer version 7.1.1.

Each topology and connections are the same to help  you understand the differences between each protocol.