ip hold-time eigrp

To configure the hold time for an Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) interface, use the ip hold-time eigrp command. To restore the default, use the no form of this command.

ip hold-time eigrp instance-tag seconds

no ip hold-time eigrp instance-tag

Syntax Description

Name of the EIGRP instance. The instance-tag can be any case-sensitive, alphanumeric string up to 20 characters.
Hold time (in seconds). The range is from 1 to 65535.

Command Default

15 seconds

Command Modes

Interface configuration mode

Command History

This command was introduced.

Usage Guidelines

Use the ip hold-time eigrp command to increase the default hold time on very congested and large networks.

We recommend that you configure the hold time to be at least three times the hello interval. If a router does not receive a hello packet within the specified hold time, routes through this router are considered unavailable.

Increasing the hold time delays route convergence across the network.

This command requires the LAN Base Services license.


This example shows how to set the hold time to 40 seconds for the interface:

switch(config)# router eigrp 209
switch(config-router)# interface ethernet 2/1
switch(config-if)# no switchport
switch(config-if)# ip hold-time eigrp 209 40

Related Commands

copy running-config startup-config
Saves the configuration changes to the startup configuration file.
ip hello-interval eigrp
Configures the hello interval on an interface for the EIGRP routing process designated by an autonomous system number.
show ip eigrp
Displays EIGRP information.