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  1. Florian,
    In the case of a point-to-point link, it is always sufficient to specify the outgoing interface. In the case of a broadcast/multi-access interface (like Ethernet), Cisco’s best practice is to specify BOTH the interface AND the next hop IP address. While in most cases, you can get away with using only the next-hop IP, there are a few circumstances where this can result in unexpected behavior. Cisco has a pretty good article explaining how you can get into trouble without specifying both here:


    The take away from the article is this:


    Cisco highly recommends that you specify the outbound interface and the next hop IP address when you configure static routes. When the outbound interface is a point-to-point type of link (for example, a serial link), the specification of the next hop address is not needed.

  2. Hi Rene,

    I got a bit stuck in my static routing lab, now im doing a static route between 3x Cisco routers, they are connected to each other via serial links, I have added all connected networks to all 3 routers but it seems that I can’t ping the interfaces of the edge routers (when I do show ip route x.x.x.x the network is there) so im wondering in static route, do we need to have some other configurations (other than adding static routes) to make all interfaces pingable( they all are up and with a valid IP address)


  3. Hello Said

    As long as you have connectivity between directly connected routers and you’ve installed the remote networks on each router, you should be OK. No additional configuration should be necessary.

    However, keep in mind that if your three routers are connected to each other in a loop, and you have created static routes to all possible networks, you may have created a routing loop.

    I suggest you try to simplify your topology further and try configuring two routers only and have them share their networks. Once you get that working, you can expand to three and further configure routing to see where the problem occurs.

    Keep us posted with your progress!

    I hope this was helpful.


  4. Hello Lazaros,
    Thank you for your valuable reply.
    My lab setup is as follows, I got R1 connected to R2 (in middle) and R2 is connected to R3, no connection is made between R1 and 3 (no loops here) now lets say R1 has networks on fa interface and on S0 —>R2
    R2 has 2 networks and which connects to both R1 and R3
    R3 has similar setup as R1, network on its Fa interface and on S0 -->R2
    R2 have both directly connected networks plus and configured as static routes.
    R1 has a static route to reach R3 via R2 and the same for R3
    Interestingly, from R2, I can ping both Fa interfaces on R1 and R3, but can’t ping R3 Fa from R1 and vice verse, it just work fine if I configure a dynamic routing protocol, a bit weird to be as its a very simple concept but It just doest work :slight_smile:
    Appreciate your help here

    Thanks a lot

  5. Got it working! my bad, just added a default route on both edge routers and it worked
    Thanks for the help guys.


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