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What kind of routing should you stick with?

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What kind of routing should you stick with?

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Let’s understand them first.

Static routing involves manually configuring routes on each router or device in the network, specifying destination, next hop, and metric for each route. It’s used in small, simple, or stable networks.

️‍️ Dynamic routing automatically discovers and updates routes using protocols like RIP, OSPF etc. Routers exchange information about network topology and conditions to adjust routing tables. It’s used in large, complex, or dynamic networks requiring frequent updates.

These are some notable differences between them.

Application Area: Static routing is suitable for smaller networks with simple topologies, while dynamic routing is more appropriate for larger networks with complex topologies.

Protocol Use: Static routing doesn’t require any protocols to make a routing decison, while dynamic routing uses more advanced protocols like OSPF, BGP, or EIGRP.

Speed/Bandwidth: Static routing offers faster routing decisions since routes are manually configured, while dynamic routing may take slightly longer due to periodic updates and calculations.

⚡ Overhead Cost/Use of algorithm: Static routing has lower overhead as it doesn’t involve continuous updates, while dynamic routing incurs overhead due to routing protocol exchanges

Administrative Management: In case of static routing, having a fixed path makes it easier to place administrative controls such as QoS, Network Policy etc. However, in dynamic network, it can get complicated if there are multiple paths and nodes.

Human Error chances: Static routing is prone to human error during manual configuration, while dynamic routing reduces human error by automating route updates.

⚓ Scalability Option: Dynamic routing is more scalable as it can adapt to changes in network topology automatically, while static routing may become impractical to manage in more complex networks.

Maintenance: If a router has to come offline, someone has to manually reconfigure alternative paths, making maintainance harder in case of static routing. However, in dynamic routing, paths are reconfigured automatically.

Path of routes: Static routing uses predetermined paths that remain constant unless manually changed, while dynamic routing dynamically selects the best path based on real-time network conditions.

♨ Which one is better?

It all depends on your particular requirement. If you network is small with less chances to grow, use static routes.

However, if you want your network to grow in future, configure dynamic routing to simplify things.

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