Border Routers

muratbmuratb Posts: 1Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi,
I am a little bit confused with border routers. What do they do????
I think they are borders of autonomous systems but this is not very clear.
(Some of my friends sad me that we can have border routers within the same autonomous systems.) icon_study.gif

Can you explain this concept briefly?
Thank you very much

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  • sikdoggsikdogg Posts: 43Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    muratb wrote:
    Hi,
    I am a little bit confused with border routers. What do they do????
    I think they are borders of autonomous systems but this is not very clear.
    (Some of my friends sad me that we can have border routers within the same autonomous systems.) icon_study.gif

    Can you explain this concept briefly?
    Thank you very much

    Generally speaking, border routers are routers that sit at the edge of your network. By that I mean the they are the routers that route between your network running an IGP protocol (RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS) and an external network thru an EGP protocol (such as BGP), this is common in fairly large environments.

    In OSPF, you can also have a router called ABR (Area Border Router). OSPF breaks up Autonomous Systems (AS) into smaller routing groups called Areas. In this case, an ABR is any router that is routing between two or more OSPF Areas. Since OSPF allows you to have many areas within an AS, your friend is correct is saying that you can have a border router within an AS. This case of a border router is very specific to the OSPF routing protocol.
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