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Why OSPF Leads Over EIGRP

Though EIGRP has so many good features like unequal load balancing ,fast convergence & 100% loop free then also many ppls use OSPF as IGP instead of EIGRP .

Which are those key points which leads OSPF.



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Re: Why OSPF Leads Over EIGRP

The "right" protocol is going to depend on a lot of factors, including such things as what the predominate topology type is in your network, what sorts of management goals you have, what types of capabilities you need to address "edge conditions," (not the edge of the network, but the odd things that crop up in every network, and lay your best laid plans awry), how your addressing is structured, and other sorts of things.

I don't consider one protocol "better" than another, just "better suited" to a specific application. More specifics would require a lot more time/space than the forum permits. Look for a session at networkers this year on this topic, and also some information on it in a forthcoming Cisco Press title.



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Re: Why OSPF Leads Over EIGRP

The main reason is that some people prefer to use a routing protocol that is non proprietary. This allows them to interoperate with other vendor. This would obviously not be the case with EIGRP. On the other hand if you have a Cisco only network, EIGRP is a good choice.

Hope this helps,


Re: Why OSPF Leads Over EIGRP

Both protocols have their advantages and disadvantages. In particular, either protocol will theoretically work equally well in the vast majority of networks out there and can scale to efficiently support networks with thousands of routers. However, each has weaknesses which can cause network meltdown if used inappropriately in a network of only a few dozen routers (although most design errors are not apparent until the network is up to a few hundred routers).

Primary weakness of EIGRP is its Cisco-only nature.

Primary weakness of OSPF is its CPU consumption, particularly in poorly designed networks.

Primary advantage of EIGRP is the ability to build a good sized network without bothering to plan ahead.

Primary advantage of OSPF is the ability to route based on knowledge of the state of links which are not adjacent.

Key to success with EIGRP is understanding "stuck in active" and "feasible successors."

Key to success with OSPF is understanding "routing areas" and "address summarization."

As always, YMMV, and my apologies to the purests for gross oversimplification :-)

Good luck and have fun!

Vincent C Jones