Introduction to Redistribution

Most networks you encounter will probably only run a single routing protocol like OSPF or EIGRP. Maybe you find some old small networks still running RIP that needs migration to OSPF or EIGRP. What if you have a company that is running OSPF and you just bought another company, and their network is running EIGRP?

It’s possible that we have multiple routing protocols on our network and we’ll need some method to exchange routing information between the different protocols. This is called redistribution. We’ll look into some of the issues that we encounter. What are we going to do with our metrics? OSPF uses cost and EIGRP uses K-values and they are not compatible with each other….RIP uses hop count.

Redistribution also adds another problem. If you “import” routing information from one routing protocol into another, it’s possible to create routing loops.

If you don’t feel 100% confident about your knowledge of OSPF and EIGRP, then I suggest you stop reading now and read more about OSPF / EIGRP or do some labs. One routing protocol can be difficult but when you mix a couple of them the fun really starts…

Having said that, let’s take a look at a possible redistribution scenario:

redistribution 3 routing protocols

Look at the topology picture above. We have routers running EIGRP in AS 1 with the /8 network. OSPF has multiple areas, and we have /8 there. At the bottom, there are two RIP routers in the /8 network. If we want full connectivity in this network, we’ll have to do some redistribution.

Redistribution is not just for between routing protocols. We have multiple options:

  • Between routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP).
  • Static routes can be redistributed into a routing protocol.
  • Directly connected routes can be redistributed into a routing protocol.

Normally you use the network command to advertise directly connected routes into your routing protocol. You can also use the redistribute connected command, which will redistribute it into the routing protocol. Let’s take a look at some real routers:

redistribution eigrp rip

In the topology picture above, I have three routers. R1 is running EIGRP, and R3 is running RIP. R2 is in the middle and is running EIGRP and RIP. If we want to do redistribution, we’ll have to do it on R2. Let’s take a look, shall we?

R1(config)#router eigrp 12
R1(config-router)#no auto-summary
R2(config)#router eigrp 12
R2(config-router)#no auto-summary
R2(config)#router rip
R2(config-router)#version 2
R2(config-router)#no auto-summary 
R3(config)#router rip
R3(config-router)#version 2
R3(config-router)#no auto-summary 

Here are the router configurations, nothing special…I only advertised the links to get EIGRP and RIP up and running.

R1#show ip route 

Gateway of last resort is not set

C is directly connected, FastEthernet0/0 is subnetted, 1 subnets
C is directly connected, Loopback0
R2#show ip route

Gateway of last resort is not set

C is directly connected, FastEthernet0/0 is subnetted, 1 subnets
D [90/156160] via, 00:05:01, FastEthernet0/0
R [120/1] via, 00:00:12, FastEthernet1/0
C is directly connected, FastEthernet1/0
R3#show ip route 

Gateway of last resort is not set is subnetted, 1 subnets
C is directly connected, Loopback0
C is directly connected, FastEthernet0/0

Here is the routing table of all three routers after configuring RIP and EIGRP. You can see R2 has learned the loopback interfaces of R3 and R1. R1 and R3 don’t have anything in their routing table because R2 is not advertising anything. As you can see, redistribution is not done automatically.

Before I show you the redistribution configurations, there are two things you should be aware of:

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  1. Hey René,
    you missed something in the command syntax. After I have read your lesson, I tried the example. With the shown syntax John still doesn’t advertise the Loopback addresses and the connected network. You probably wrote it in the lesson, but I had to complete:

    John(config)#router eigrp 12
    John(config-router)#redistribute rip
    John(config-router)#redistribute connected
    John(config)#router rip
    John(config-router)#redistribute eigrp 12
    John(config-router)#redistribute connected

    With this syntax, John started to advertise the Loopback and his directly connec

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  2. Hi Sascha,

    That’s right, this tutorial is just an overview of redistribution but I didn’t show the full config. Here’s the configuration example for those 3 routers:

    You don’t have to use “redistribute connected” in this example. The /24 network has been advertised in EIGRP so it will be redistributed into RIP. The /24 network has been advertised in RIP so it will be redistributed into EIGRP. If we don’t use the “network” command for these networks th

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  3. Hello Rene,
    I have a question, maybe it’s a little silly, but what happen when both routing protocols (EIGRP, OSPF) have the same IP networks, for instance, and you redistribute between protocols?
    How the routers can distinguish between one network or another?

  4. Rene in your example of Router Jack, John and James – Redistribution occurs in John. John has both EIGRP and RIP. This single router is running 2 protocols thus redistribution is done on it. What if Router 1 was running RIP only. Router 2 is running EIGRP only. Router 1 is connected to Router 2. R1--------R2. Is that possible? That link connecting R1 to R2 has to be either running EIGRP or RIP? -Thus R1 or R2 has to be running two protocols right?

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