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Routing TCP/IP, Volume I (CCIE Professional Development) by Jeff Doyle

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Configuring Static Routes

The route table acquires information in two ways. The information may be entered manually, by means of a static route entry, or automatically by one of several systems of automatic information discovery and sharing known as dynamic routing protocols. The bulk of this book concerns dynamic IP routing protocols, but this discussion of static route configuration will prepare you to understand the subsequent chapters.

More to the point, static routing is preferred over dynamic routing in certain circumstances. As with any process, the more automatic it is, the less control we have over it. Although dynamic (automatic) routing requires much less human intervention, static routing allows very precise control over the ...

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