Static IP route parameters

When you configure a static IP route, you must specify the following parameters:
  • The IP address and network mask for the route's destination network or host.

  • The route's path, which can be one of the following:
    • IP address of a next-hop router.

    • "Null" interface; the routing switch drops traffic forwarded to the null interface.

The routing switch also applies default values for the route's administrative distance (page A-10.) In the case of static routes, this is the value the routing switch uses to compare a static route to routes from other route sources to the same destination before placing a route in the IP route table. The default administrative distance for static IP routes is 1, but can be configured to any value from 1 to 255.

The fixed administrative distance values ensure that the routing switch always prefers static IP routes over routes from other sources to the same destination.