OSPF summarization

Route summarization helps reduce OSPF traffic and route computation. OSPF, unlike EIGRP, doesn’t support automatic summarization. Also, unlike EIGRP, where you can summarize routes on every router in an EIGRP network, OSFP can summarize routes only on ABRs and ASBRs.

The following command is used for OSPF summarization:

(config-router) area AREA_ID range IP_ADDRESS MASK

To better understand OSPF summarization, consider the following example network:

ospf summarization topology

All three routers are running OSPF and exchanging routers. Before OSPF summarization is configured, the router R1 inside the backbone area has two entries for the networks and in its routing table.

show ip route ospf without summarization

We could summarize these two subnets on R2, so that R1 receive only one routing update for both subnets. To do that, the following command can be used on R2:

OSPF summarization command

Now, R1 has only one entry in its routing table for R3’s directly connected subnets:

show ip route ospf with summarization

Be careful with summarization. In this case, router R1 thinks that R2 has routes for all subnets in the range – When summarizing, try to be as specific as possible.