Strange experience with static routing

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Jun 12th, 2009


I can't explain this behaviour and I'm hoping someone can elighten me on this. I have an eigrp environment with multiple paths to various offices. In one office a route was being advertised to it e.g via eigrp through two circuits, once the redundant link was activated the path through it for destinations to incremented by 180ms. This redundnant line is a dedicated line that has other traffic flowing through it with 1ms latency, suddenly just for the route the latency jumps up to 180ms.

Looking deeper I found a static route on the router advertising the route out through the redundant link, as soon as I removed it latency through that link traffic destined for dropped to 1ms. Can someone please explain why this happened?



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Giuseppe Larosa Sun, 06/14/2009 - 23:56

Hello Dan,

I'm not sure to have understood your post.

the problem was that a static route was overriding the EIGRP dynamic routing protocol.

The static route might be considered valid in some cases even if the path is not healthy until the outgoing interface is up/up on the router or the ARP entry for the next-hop is in the ARP table.

But if the static route was through the same redundant link used by EIGRP this is strange.

Much more information would be needed to try to understand what happened

Hope to help


dan_track Mon, 06/15/2009 - 00:51


Thanks for the reply. Let's say I have link1 and link2 running eigrp on both links. For subnet link1-destination is the best route as determined by eigrp, however on failure of link1 traffic for the above subnet was routed via link2. Link2 is routed like: source-link2-site2-link3-destination. The router at site 2 had a static route stating:

ip route (destination router). This same route was being learned at site2 via eigrp from the destination router. The static route added a latency of 180ms when pinging from source to destination. As soon as I removed the static route at site2 and only allowed eigrp to decide the routing the latency dropped to 1ms when doing the same ping. Traceroute confirms that on both occassions (static and via eigrp) the exact same route was taken from source to destination

Giuseppe Larosa Mon, 06/15/2009 - 02:18

Hello Dan,

the static route shouldn't have this effect unless site2 uses a different link to reach the final destination.

You say that traceroute shows the same path with and without the static route.

What kind of device is the router in site2 model and IOS image ?

Hope to help


dan_track Mon, 06/15/2009 - 06:00



There are three hops inside site 2:


* 1 52 WS-C3560-48PS 12.2(20)SE4 C3560-I5-M

2)cisco MSFC2 (R7000) processor with 458752K/65536K bytes of memory.

Version 12.1(3r)E2


1 54 WS-C3750E-48PD 12.2(44)SE C3750E-UNIVERSALK9-M


cisco WS-C6509-E (R7000) processor (revision 1.2) with 458720K/65536K bytes of memory


Let me know if you need more info.

The 180 ms comes in between step 3 (3750) switch and the 6509 switch (destination). If I put the static route on the 3750 switch the latency between the two hops increases to 180ms. If I take it out and let EIGRP do it's work it drops to 180ms. The link between the two is a Gig link.




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