What Is a Routing Protocol?

A routing protocol can be analyzed as a process. A protocol is formalized through the Request for Comments (RFC) process. This process involves open written commentary on a proposed technology in an effort to bring about standardization of that technology. An example of a routing protocol standard would be OSPF as defined in RFC 2328.

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You can find all RFCs online at the following website:

www.isi.edu/in-notes/rfcxxxx.txt

where xxxx is the number of the RFC. If you do not know the number of the RFC, you can search by topic at the following site:

www.rfc-editor.org/cgi-bin/rfcsearch.pl

The basic reason you are studying this topic is to understand how, through the use of OSPF, you can get packets from one host to ...

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