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BGP use TCP. How ???

Hy for all,

I've been study about BGP, and reading i found that bgp work with TCP. If router is Layer 3 (just IP) how bgp work with TCP Layer 4 ??

Tanks.

Fred

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Re: BGP use TCP. How ???

Hello,

Actually the router understand layer 4 parameters like port numbers, but we call it layer 3 because its routing decision based on ip (layer 3), like switches we call it layer 2 devices because the switching decision based on layer 2 information

Thanks,

Ahmed Hussein

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Re: BGP use TCP. How ???

Hi,

BGP works at the Application Layer hence it has a well-known port number 179 to identify which application should handle these packets. BGP uses TCP windowing technique for packet exchange.

Yes, Router does work at Layer3. The primary function of a Switch is to forward frames which is Layer 2 function, hence we call the switch as Layer 2. The primary function of the router is routing packets to destinations which is Layer 3 function, hence we call it Layer 3.

Just like other applications such as TFTP(port69), Telnet(port23), etc work on the router, BGP also works on the router.

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Re: BGP use TCP. How ???

Hi Fred,

Long back in Jan 2005 I inititated the same string and was detailed by many experts, just have a look at the post

http://forum.cisco.com/eforum/servlet/NetProf?page=netprof&forum=Archive&topic=Network%20Infrastructure&CommCmd=MB%3Fcmd%3Dpass_through%26location%3Doutline%40%5E1%40%40.1dd7283c/0#selected_message

HTH,

Ankur

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