Saturday, October 13, 2012

Simple RIP Routing In GNS3

This is a very basic lab in GNS3 where we will create a simple ring topology of routers and ehternet switches and then run RIP routing protocol on these routers. When we were experimenting in network simulation lab, we found that it is very hard to find simple GNS3 examples showing very basic things. So I am going to put them here as we follow the lab experiments. We will be using CISCO c2600 routers. It is possible to do similar experiment using other routers for which you have an IOS image.

Designing a topology is very easy in GNS3. Just drag and drop from left side dock. Make sure to open a empty project and in new blank project dialogue, make sure both the checkboxes are ticked. Also, make sure idle values of routers are set. If not set yet, right click on a router and select idle-pc. Here is the snapshot of a network we will be using here. (Click on any image to enlarge)

Here each router has two interfaces, namely f0/0 and f0/1. We need to setup ip addresses on each interfaces of all 5 routers. Here I will show the configuration commands for router 1. Make sure all the routers are started, and to get the console, right click on a router and select console.

R1#conf t
R1(config)#int f0/0
R1(config-if)#ip add
R1(config-if)#no sh
R1(config)#int f0/1
R1(config-if)#ip add
R1(config-if)#no sh
R1#copy running-config startup-config

Here is a screenshot

Some explanation of short forms: conf t stands for configure terminal, which is simply telling that we will be configuring this router via terminal. However there are other ways to do so. Then we specify the interface we wish to configure in this router, for example: interface f0/0. Then we add ip address and subnet mask. Next is no sh, which stands for no shutdown. It means, this interface will remain "up" the whole time. Here, we can bring it down by providing a shutdown command.

So after configuring all the interfaces, we save the project and copy running configuration to startup configuration file, so that if we close or stop it, we will be able to load the settings directly without having it configured manually again which is a great hassle. 

In the same process, we configure all the interfaces in all the routers. This is the first step of this lab. Now we need to tell the routers that we are going to run RIP on them.

To do so, go into configure mode again (by giving conf t command).
R1(config)#router rip

As we can see, every router is associated with two networks, so you just provide the network addresses. As we did before, we copy the running configuration to startup configuration once again. After configuring all the routers, we can check their IP routing table to see if all the networks have been discovered by RIP. Snapshot of this step:

Now that all the paths have been discovered. We can now test the network by pinging all the IPs to ensure that all the nodes are reachable from all the others. For example:

The final requirement was to test how RIP respond to any change on the network. For example on router R1, we can see that it has two ways to reach network What happens if we disable interface f0/1, it should not be able to forward packets via hop So we enter configuration mode again and select interface f0/1 on router R1, and give "shutdown" command which will stop interface f0/1. Then we wait a 2-3 seconds (in slow machines, we may need to wait longer, even minutes). Now if you check routing table on R1 by show ip route command, you will see that, network has now only one way. Snapshot is given below. Compare it with what you got last time with show ip route command. You can enable this interface again by putting "no shutdown" command.

So, these are the simple commands we used to complete this task. Have fun with experimenting,


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful article!

  2. Wonderful ..!!!! Very useful..!!! Thanks a lot.. :D