Overview of IP routing

The switches offer the following IP routing features:

Static routes

Up to 256 static routes

RIP (Router Information Protocol)

Supports RIP Version 1, Version 1 compatible with Version 2 (default), and Version 2

OSPF (open shortest path first)

The standard routing protocol for handling larger routed networks.

IRDP (ICMP Router Discovery Protocol)

Advertises the IP addresses of the routing interfaces on this switch to directly attached host systems

DHCP Relay

Allows you to extend the service range of your DHCP server beyond its single local network segment


Throughout this chapter, the switches are referred to as "routing switches." When IP routing is enabled on your switch, it behaves just like any other IP router.

Basic IP routing configuration consists of adding IP addresses, enabling IP routing, and enabling a route exchange protocol, such as RIP.

To configure the IP addresses, see the Management and Configuration Guide for your switch.