Comparing internal routing protocols (IGPs)

The following table lists the differences between the three most popular interior routing protocols:

 

FeatureRIPEIGRPOSPF
Typedistance vectorhybriddistance vector
Metrichop countbandwidth and delaycost
Speed of convergenceslowfastfast
Routingclassful (RIPv1), classless(RIPv2)classlessclassless
Updatesperiodical broadcast (RIPv1), multicast(RIPv2)multicastmulticast
Manual summarizationno (RIPv1), yes (RIPv2)yesyes
Supported on non-Cisco routersyesnoyes
Configuration complexityeasymediumhard