ARP Aging Time

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Feb 19th, 2007

Hi there,

Just wondering why, when i do show arp, in my WS-C4506, whith Supervisor II+ 1000BaseX, and cat4000-i9k91s-mz.122-25.EWA5.bin, it seems that i have +/- 20 % of arp entrys with the aging time of 0 sec all the time.

I think it should increment that aging time till 300 sec (by default), and then reset, but not all the entries do it.

Any ideias of what kind of "process" is causing it ?

I have all in the vlan1, and the ip's that soffer this issue are hosts and Cisco equipments.

Thank you in advance.

Petr?nio

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carenas123 Fri, 02/23/2007 - 12:28

I think arp aging time of 0 sec means the entries dont have any aging time or they wont expire. It doesnt mean there is some problem.

royalblues Sat, 02/24/2007 - 11:17

Friend,

I think you are a little confused with the ARP aging time and the mac-address aging time (also called as CAM table)

The default ARP aging time is 4 hours but the switch hold the CAM table entires only for 5 minutes.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps708/products_tech_note09186a00807347ab.shtml#troubleshoot

A permanent ARP entry does not have any timer assoiciated with it and is not shown as "0" but as "-".

The thing which you are seeing is basically the cam is being aged out after 5 mins from the switch and is not incrementing as no frames are being received on the port.

HTH, rate if it does

Narayan

b.petronio Mon, 02/26/2007 - 06:31

Tks for ur replies,

"The thing which you are seeing is basically the cam is being aged out after 5 mins from the switch and is not incrementing as no frames are being received on the port."

I think it is not the case, cause there are many ip's in the show arp table, that still have the arp time "Age (min)" = 0, even when i know it has traffic, so it had reveiced frames.

I did really missed up the arp/cam concept, but then if the show arp "Age (min)" parameter is the cam table aging time represented, where can i see the arp aging time ?

Best Regards,

ahmedmkr_getronics Sun, 03/08/2015 - 03:21

Hi b.petronio

     The age column in the show arp command indicates the interval (in minutes) since the entry was entered in the table, rather than the interval since the entry was last used. The first time device receives an ARP for a particular device it will enter it in the ARP table and will start the age counter. The default arp timeout value is 4 hours. If you issue the clear arp-cache command, the device sends out ARP requests to all the devices listed in the ARP table. If it receives a reply, it keeps the entry in the table but resets the age (min) value to zero.

If it does not receive the reply then it removes the entry from the ARP table. Also, make sure that the encapsulation type between the neighboring devices matches. If it is not, hardcode the encapsulation type

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