EIGRP Named Mode Configuration

Since IOS 15, EIGRP has a new method of configuration called named mode EIGRP.  With the “classic” version of EIGRP that we used before IOS 15 we configured EIGRP globally and some other things (like authentication) on the interfaces. With named mode EIGRP, we do everything globally.

If you try to configure EIGRP on a IOS 15.x router you will see this:

R1(config)#router eigrp ?
  <1-65535>  Autonomous System
  WORD       EIGRP Virtual-Instance Name

Instead of an AS number we can also choose a name. Let’s try this, I’ll use two routers for this demonstration:

EIGRP R1 R2Let’s start with R1:

R1(config)#router eigrp MY_NAME
Router configuration commands:
  address-family  Enter Address Family command mode
  default         Set a command to its defaults
  exit            Exit from routing protocol configuration mode
  no              Negate a command or set its defaults
  service-family  Enter Service Family command mode
  shutdown        Shutdown this instance of EIGRP

The configuration is now done using an address-family. Let’s select it:

R1(config-router)#address-family ?
  ipv4  Address family IPv4
  ipv6  Address family IPv6

EIGRP named mode covers both IPv4 and IPv6. Let’s try IPv4:

R1(config-router)#address-family ipv4 autonomous-system 12

This is where I configure everything. For example advertising a network:


Everything that used to be configured on the interface is now under the same global configuration:

R1(config-router-af)#af-interface FastEthernet 0/0
Address Family Interfaces configuration commands:
  authentication      authentication subcommands
  bandwidth-percent   Set percentage of bandwidth percentage limit
  bfd                 Enable Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
  dampening-change    Percent interface metric must change to cause update
  dampening-interval  Time in seconds to check interface metrics
  default             Set a command to its defaults
  exit-af-interface   Exit from Address Family Interface configuration mode
  hello-interval      Configures hello interval
  hold-time           Configures hold time
  next-hop-self       Configures EIGRP next-hop-self
  no                  Negate a command or set its defaults
  passive-interface   Suppress address updates on an interface
  shutdown            Disable Address-Family on interface
  split-horizon       Perform split horizon
  summary-address     Perform address summarization

Let’s try authentication:

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Forum Replies

  1. I agree, it’s nice to configure everything under 1 process.

  2. Hi Lina,

    The address-family is the “protocol” that the routing protocol supports. In this example, EIGRP supports IPv4 and IPv6.

    Another example is MP-BGP (Multi Protocol BGP). It supports multiple protocols:

    - IPv4 unicast
    - IPv4 multicast
    - IPv6 unicast
    - IPv6 multicast
    - VPN Routes (for MPLS)

    Each of these different “protocols” are configured under a different address-family.


  3. with named mode, are we supposed to do route summary at interface level (old style) or it is should be done under af-interface?

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