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Understanding the Network: A Practical Guide to Internetworking by Martin J. Michael

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TCP/IP Static Routing

The battles over "Which is better, static or dynamically built routing tables?" will continue as long as there is a choice. The decision is up to the administrator, because he or she has to live with whatever process is used to manage route collection. The idea of static routing is a very "IP-centric" concept. Most popular networking protocols provide routing information dynamically and offer little or no manual manipulation of network routes. Static routing has strong benefits and, unfortunately, some strong weaknesses. The intent here is to illustrate them both so you have something to compare when you look at the dynamic routing protocols.

Strengths of Static Routing

Using static routes to manage a routing domain ...

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