Cisco ASA 5500 Series Configuration Guide using the CLI, 8.2
Configuring RIP
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Configuring RIP

Table Of Contents

Configuring RIP

Overview

Routing Update Process

RIP Routing Metric

RIP Stability Features

RIP Timers

Licensing Requirements for RIP

Guidelines and Limitations

Configuring RIP

Enabling RIP

Customizing RIP

Generating a Default Route

Configuring Interfaces for RIP

Disabling Route Summarization

Filtering Networks in RIP

Redistributing Routes into the RIP Routing Process

Configuring RIP Send/Receive Version on an Interface

Enabling RIP Authentication

Monitoring RIP

Configuration Example for RIP

Feature History for RIP

Additional References

Related Documents


Configuring RIP


This chapter describes how to configure the ASA to route data, perform authentication, and redistribute routing information, using the Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing protocol.

This chapter includes the following sections:

Overview

Licensing Requirements for RIP

Guidelines and Limitations

Configuring RIP

Customizing RIP

Monitoring RIP

Configuration Example for RIP

Feature History for RIP

Additional References

Overview

The Routing Information Protocol, or RIP, as it is more commonly called, is one of the most enduring of all routing protocols. RIP has four basic components: routing update process, RIP routing metrics, routing stability, and routing timers. Devices that support RIP send routing-update messages at regular intervals and when the network topology changes. These RIP packets contain information about the networks that the devices can reach, as well as the number of routers or gateways that a packet must travel through to reach the destination address. RIP generates more traffic than OSPF, but is easier to configure.

RIP has advantages over static routes because the initial configuration is simple, and you do not need to update the configuration when the topology changes. The disadvantage to RIP is that there is more network and processing overhead than static routing.

The ASA supports RIP Version 1 and RIP Version 2.

Routing Update Process

RIP sends routing-update messages at regular intervals and when the network topology changes. When a router receives a routing update that includes changes to an entry, it updates its routing table to reflect the new route. The metric value for the path is increased by 1, and the sender is indicated as the next hop. RIP routers maintain only the best route (the route with the lowest metric value) to a destination. After updating its routing table, the router immediately begins transmitting routing updates to inform other network routers of the change. These updates are sent independently of the regularly scheduled updates that RIP routers send.

RIP Routing Metric

RIP uses a single routing metric (hop count) to measure the distance between the source and a destination network. Each hop in a path from source to destination is assigned a hop count value, which is typically 1. When a router receives a routing update that contains a new or changed destination network entry, the router adds 1 to the metric value indicated in the update and enters the network in the routing table. The IP address of the sender is used as the next hop.

RIP Stability Features

RIP prevents routing loops from continuing indefinitely by implementing a limit on the number of hops allowed in a path from the source to a destination. The maximum number of hops in a path is 15. If a router receives a routing update that contains a new or changed entry, and if increasing the metric value by 1 causes the metric to be infinity (that is, 16), the network destination is considered unreachable. The downside of this stability feature is that it limits the maximum diameter of a RIP network to less than 16 hops.

RIP includes a number of other stability features that are common to many routing protocols. These features are designed to provide stability despite potentially rapid changes in network topology. For example, RIP implements the split horizon and holddown mechanisms to prevent incorrect routing information from being propagated.

RIP Timers

RIP uses numerous timers to regulate its performance. These include a routing-update timer, a route-timeout timer, and a route-flush timer. The routing-update timer clocks the interval between periodic routing updates. Generally, it is set to 30 seconds, with a small random amount of time added whenever the timer is reset. This is done to help prevent congestion, which could result from all routers simultaneously attempting to update their neighbors. Each routing table entry has a route-timeout timer associated with it. When the route-timeout timer expires, the route is marked invalid but is retained in the table until the route-flush timer expires.

Licensing Requirements for RIP

Model
License Requirement

All models

Base License.


Guidelines and Limitations

This section includes the guidelines and limitations for this feature:

Context Mode Guidelines

Supported in single and multiple context mode.

Firewall Mode Guidelines

Supported in routed and transparent firewall mode.

IPv6 Guidelines

Does not support IPv6.

Configuring RIP

This section explains how to enable and restart the RIP process on your system.

Enabling RIP

After enabling see the section Customizing RIP, to learn how to customize the RIP process on your system.

Enabling RIP

You can only enable one RIP routing process on the ASA. After you enable the RIP routing process, you must define the interfaces that will participate in that routing process using the network command. By default, the ASA sends RIP Version 1 updates and accepts RIP Version 1 and Version 2 updates.

To enable the RIP routing process, perform the following step:

Detailed Steps

Command
Purpose
router rip 
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 

This starts the RIP routing process and places you in router configuration mode.


Use the no router rip command to remove entire RIP configuration you have enabled. Once this is cleared, you must reconfigure RIP again using the router rip command.

Customizing RIP

This section describes how to configure RIP, and includes the following topics:

Generating a Default Route

Configuring Interfaces for RIP

Disabling Route Summarization

Filtering Networks in RIP

Redistributing Routes into the RIP Routing Process

Configuring RIP Send/Receive Version on an Interface

Enabling RIP Authentication

Generating a Default Route

To generate a default route in RIP, use the following steps:

Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

router rip 
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 

This starts the RIP routing process and places you in router configuration mode.

Step 2 

default-information originate

 
        
Example:

hostname(config-router):# default-information originate

This step generates a default route into RIP.

Configuring Interfaces for RIP

If you have an interface that you do not want to participate in RIP routing, but that is attached to a network that you want advertised, you can configure a network command that covers the network to which the interface is attached, and use the passive-interface command to prevent that interface from sending RIP advertisements. Additionally, you can specify the version of RIP that is used by the ASA for updates.

Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

router rip 
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 

This starts the RIP routing process and places you in router configuration mode.

Step 2 

network network_address
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 
hostname(config-router)# network 10.0.0.0

This step specifies the interfaces that will participate in the RIP routing process.

If an interface belongs to a network defined by this command, the interface will participate in the RIP routing process. If an interface does not belong to a network defined by this command, it will not send or receive RIP updates.

Step 3 

Do one of the following to customize an interface to participate in RIP routing:

 
version [1 | 2]
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-router):# version [1]

Specifies the version of RIP used by the ASA.

You can override this setting on a per-interface basis

 

passive-interface [default | if_name]

 
        
Example:

hostname(config-router):# passive-interface [default]

This step specifies an interface to operate in passive mode.

Using the default keyword causes all interfaces to operate in passive mode. Specifying an interface name sets only that interface to passive RIP mode. In passive mode, RIP routing updates are accepted by, but not sent out of, the specified interface. You can enter this command for each interface that you want to set to passive mode.

Disabling Route Summarization

RIP Version 1 always uses automatic route summarization. You cannot disable this feature for RIP Version 1. RIP Version 2 uses automatic route summarization by default. The RIP routing process summarizes on network number boundaries. This can cause routing problems if you have non-contiguous networks.

For example, if you have a router with the networks 192.168.1.0, 192.168.2.0, and 192.168.3.0 connected to it, and those networks all participate in RIP, the RIP routing process creates the summary address 192.168.0.0 for those routes. If an additional router is added to the network with the networks 192.168.10.0 and 192.168.11.0, and those networks participate in RIP, they will also be summarized as 192.168.0.0. To prevent the possibility of traffic being routed to the wrong location, you should disable automatic route summarization on the routers creating the conflicting summary addresses.

To disable automatic router summarization, enter the following command in router configuration mode for the RIP routing process:

Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

router rip 
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 

This starts the RIP routing process and places you in router configuration mode.

Step 2 

no auto-summarize
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-router):# no 
auto-summarize

This step disables automatic route summarization.

Filtering Networks in RIP

To filter the networks received in updates, perform the following steps:


Note Before you begin, you must create a standard access list permitting the networks you want the RIP process to allow in the routing table and denying the networks you want the RIP process to discard. For more information on creating standard access lists, see the chapter, "Identifying Traffic with Access Lists".


Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

router rip 
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 

This starts the RIP routing process and places you in router configuration mode.

Step 2 

distribute-list acl in [interface if_name]
distribute-list acl out [connected | eigrp 
| interface if_name | ospf | rip | static]
 
        
Example:

hostname(config-router)# distribute-list acl2 in [interface interface1]

hostname(config-router): distribute-list acl3 out [connected]

This step filters the networks sent in updates.

You can specify an interface to apply the filter to only those updates received or sent by that interface. You can enter this command for each interface you want to apply a filter to. If you do not specify an interface name, the filter is applied to all RIP updates.

Redistributing Routes into the RIP Routing Process

You can redistribute routes from the OSPF, EIGRP, static, and connected routing processes into the RIP routing process.

To redistribute a routes into the RIP routing process, perform the following steps:


Note Before you begin this procedure, you must create a route-map to further define which routes from the specified routing protocol are redistributed in to the RIP routing process. See Chapter 20 "Defining Route Maps," for more information about creating a route map.


Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

Do one of the following to redistribute the selected route type into the RIP routing process. You must specify the RIP metric values in the redistribute command if you do not have a default-metric command in the RIP router configuration.

 
redistribute connected [ metric 
<metric-value> | transparent ] [route-map 
<route-map-name>]
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-router): # redistribute 
connected [ metric <metric-value> | 
transparent ] [route-map <route-map-name>]

Use this step to redistribute connected routes into the RIP routing process.

 
redistribute static [metric {metric_value 
| transparent}] [route-map map_name]
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-router):# redistribute 
static [metric {metric_value | 
transparent}] [route-map map_name]

Use this step to redistribute static routes into the EIGRP routing process.

 
redistribute ospf pid [match {internal | 
external [1 | 2] | nssa-external [1 | 2]}] 
[metric {metric_value | transparent}] 
[route-map map_name]
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-router):# redistribute 
ospf pid [match {internal | external [1 | 
2] | nssa-external [1 | 2]}] [metric 
{metric_value | transparent}] [route-map 
map_name]

Use this step to redistribute routes from an OSPF routing process into the RIP routing process.

 
redistribute eigrp as-num [metric 
{metric_value | transparent}] [route-map 
map_name]
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-router):# redistribute 
eigrp as-num [metric {metric_value | 
transparent}] [route-map map_name]

Use this step to redistribute routes from an EIGRP routing process into the RIP routing process.

Configuring RIP Send/Receive Version on an Interface

You can override the globally-set version of RIP the ASA uses to send and receive RIP updates on a per-interface basis.

To configure the RIP send and receive version, perform the following steps:

Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

interface phy_if
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# interface phy_if

This step enters interface configuration mode for the interface you are configuring.

Step 2 

Do one of the following to to send or receive RIP updates on a per-interface basis.

 
rip send version {[1] [2]}
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-if)# rip send version 1

This step specifies the version of RIP to use when sending RIP updates out of the interface.

In this example, version 1 is selected.

 
rip receive version {[1] [2]}
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-if)# rip receive version 2

This step specifies the version of RIP advertisements permitted to be received by an interface.

In this example, version 2 is selected.

RIP updates received on the interface that do not match the allowed version are dropped.

Enabling RIP Authentication


Note The ASA supports RIP message authentication for RIP Version 2 messages.


RIP route authentication provides MD5 authentication of routing updates from the RIP routing protocol. The MD5 keyed digest in each RIP packet prevents the introduction of unauthorized or false routing messages from unapproved sources.

RIP route authentication is configured on a per-interface basis. All RIP neighbors on interfaces configured for RIP message authentication must be configured with the same authentication mode and key for adjacencies to be established.


Note Before you can enable RIP route authentication, you must enable RIP.


To enable RIP authentication on an interface, perform the following steps:

Detailed Steps

 
Command
Purpose

Step 1 

router rip 
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# router rip 

This creates an RIP routing process, and the user enters router configuration mode for this RIP process.

The as-num argument is the autonomous system number of the RIP routing process.

Step 2 

interface phy_if
 
        
Example:
hostname(config)# interface phy_if

Enter interface configuration mode for the interface on which you are configuring RIP message authentication.

Step 3 

rip authentication mode {text | md5}
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-if)# rip authentication 
mode md5

This step sets the authentication mode. By default, text authentication is used. We recommend MD5 authentication.

Step 4 

rip authentication key key key-id key-id
 
        
Example:
hostname(config-if)# rip authentication 
key cisco key-id 200

Configure the authentication key used by the MD5 algorithm.

The key argument can contain up to 16 characters.

The key-id argument is a number from 0 to 255.

Monitoring RIP

You can use the following commands to monitor or debug the RIP routing process.

We recommend that you only use the debug commands to troubleshoot specific problems or during troubleshooting sessions with Cisco TAC.

Debugging output is assigned high priority in the CPU process and can render the system unusable. It is best to use debug commands during periods of lower network traffic and fewer users. Debugging during these periods decreases the likelihood that increased debug command processing overhead will affect system performance. For examples and descriptions of the command output, see the Cisco Security Appliance Command Reference.

To monitor or debug various RIP routing statistics, perform one of the following tasks:

Command
Purpose

Monitoring RIP Routing

show rip database

Display the contents of the RIP routing database.

show running-config router rip

Displays the RIP commands.

Debug RIP

debug rip events

Displays RIP processing events.

debug rip database

Displays RIP database events.


Configuration Example for RIP

The following example shows how to enable and configure RIP with various optional processes:


Step 1 Enable RIP:

hostname(config)# router rip 2
 
   

Step 2 Configure a default route into RIP:

hostname(config-router): default-information originate
 
   

Step 3 Specify the version of RIP to use:

hostname(config-router): version [1]
 
   

Step 4 Specify the interfaces that will participate in the RIP routing process:

hostname(config-router)# network 225.25.25.225
 
   

Step 5 Specify an interface to operate in passive mode:

hostname(config-router)# passive-interface [default]

Step 6 Redistribute a connected route into the RIP routing process

hostname(config-router): redistribute connected [metric bandwidth delay reliability 
loading mtu] [route-map map_name]

Feature History for RIP

Table 22-1 lists the release history for this feature.

Table 22-1 Feature History for RIP

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

router rip

7.0

This feature allows you to route data, perform authentication, redistribute and monitor routing information, using the Routing Information Protocol (RIP) routing protocol.


Additional References

For additional information related to routing, see the following:

Related Documents

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Routing Overview

Information About Routing

How to configure EIGRP

Configuring EIGRP

How to configure RIP

Configuring RIP

How to configure a static or default route

Configuring Static and Default Routes

How to configure a route map

Defining Route Maps

How to configure multicast routing

Configuring Multicast Routing