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RPF Failed but there is an RPF nbr entry

I am trying to setup my switch to receive mcast data from an upstream switch. The show mroute shows an entry for the rpf neighbor but the show ip mroute count shows "rpf failed". the output does show that i am receiving data. The server requesting the data is also in VLAN40. Please see the relevant switch config below. Interface G1/10 is directly connected to the neighbor device (

interface Vlan40
ip address
ip pim sparse-mode
load-interval 30

int g1/10

interface GigabitEthernet1/10
description Circuit to DATA PROVIDER (MCAST)
no ip address
logging event link-status
speed nonegotiate
switchport access vlan 40
switchport mode access
switchport nonegotiate
no cdp enable

interface GigabitEthernet9/44
description LS224 Connected to 306.28 Port 8
no ip address
logging event link-status
load-interval 30
switchport access vlan 40
switchport mode access

ip pim rp-address 2

access-list 2 permit

sh access-list 2
Standard IP access list 2
    10 permit, wildcard bits (487 matches)

sh ip mroute sparse
(*,, 00:19:58/00:02:54, RP, flags: SP
  Incoming interface: Vlan40, RPF nbr, RPF-MFD
  Outgoing interface list: Null

#sh ip mroute count
IP Multicast Statistics
2 routes using 864 bytes of memory
2 groups, 0.00 average sources per group
Forwarding Counts: Pkt Count/Pkts per second/Avg Pkt Size/Kilobits per second
Other counts: Total/RPF failed/Other drops(OIF-null, rate-limit etc)

Group:, Source count: 0, Packets forwarded: 0, Packets received: 550720
  RP-tree: Forwarding: 0/-714/0/331, Other: 550720/0/550720


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Re: RPF Failed but there is an RPF nbr entry

Hello Etienne,

you can use sh ip rpf to check if the source passes the RPF check

you can enforce using

ip mroute source-address interface-where-you-receive-the-stream

the RPF check is performed on the source of the stream and fails if packets are recevied on an interface that is not the one that unicast routing would use to reach the source

so you can have a PIM neighbor and an RPF neighbor towards the RP that is not the RPF neighbor for the real source.

Hope to help



Re: RPF Failed but there is an RPF nbr entry

Hi Giuseppe,

I did try to use ip mroute statement to no avail before posting my question. I am going to try to use a transit network /30 and setup BGP. Hope that will fix the routing issue


Re: RPF Failed but there is an RPF nbr entry

just a quick to say that I setup a transit network and use a routing protocol (in this case bgp) to solve the issue.

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