[Newbie Q] What is RIP?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by liquidzyklon, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. liquidzyklon

    liquidzyklon LI Guru Member

    Newbie question here. I see that Tomato v1.11 stated that it Fixed RIP config causing distribution of indirect routes. What was this symtom? Is this the one that sometimes websites stop loading?

    I have tried to look up answers on Google and their explanations are too technical for me to understand :tongue: Something about routing and keep track of hop times or something. So what is RIP and what is it used for?
  2. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    The really simple answer is that if you don't know what RIP (Routing Information Protocol) is or what it does, then you don't need it. It is used with multiple interconnected networks to automatically determine what the rules should be to route any particular packet.

    Typical home (or even small business) networking only has one network with one outside gateway. So the routing table is trivial to set up: anything not destined for the local network goes to the one gateway to the outside world.
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