An Introduction to General Routing Concepts and Terms

Networking has its own language, consisting of terms with very specific meanings. The goal of this section is to lay the groundwork and give you the fundamentals of the TCP/IP routing protocols, then address the particulars of each protocol in its own section.

Dynamic Routing Protocol Basics

The basic job of a dynamic routing protocol is to find the best, most efficient route to forward IP network traffic. The dynamic routing protocol can also find a secondary route in the event that the best route is lost. Enterprise networks commonly use multiple network paths to interconnect segments. Routing protocols provide two main advantages:

  • The capability to balance the traffic load between these ...

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