Routing Information Protocol (RIP)

RIP is the only true distance vector protocol supported by Cisco routers. It uses hop count as it’s only method of path determination, which works well in small networks, but due to the nature of it’s routing update broadcasts that are sent every 30 seconds (by default) it can become troublesome over slow WAN links.

The other major problem with RIP is that any route that is 16 or more hops away is considered unreachable, since 16 is the maximum hop count. This severely limits the usage of RIP to anything but small networks.

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