EIGRP as an Advanced DV Protocol

EIGRP acts a little like a DV protocol, and a little like no other routing protocol. Frankly, over the years, different Cisco documents and different books (mine included) have characterized EIGRP as either its own category, called a balanced hybrid routing protocol, or as some kind of advanced DV protocol.

Regardless of what label you put on EIGRP, the protocol uses several features that work either like basic DV protocols like RIP, or they work similarly enough. The next few pages walk through a few of the similarities and differences between RIP and EIGRP.

EIGRP Sends Partial Update Messages, As Needed

EIGRP does not use a short periodic update timer, sending a full update with all routes, like RIP does. EIGRP ...

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