RFC 2453 reading instructions
The RIP specification, RFC 2453, is relatively easy to read and works
excellently as reading material to understand routing in general and
the issues surrounding distance vector and RIP in particular. However,
some sections may be too detailed, and can safely be skipped, unless
you want to implement the protocol.
The instructions are as follows:
- 1-2 contains some introduction that can be useful to understand
the context in which RIP is specified.
- 3.1-3.4 is an excellent overview of distance vector routing and
the RIP protocol. It is all highly relevant and easy to read.
- 3.5 is too technical and can be skipped
- 3.6 outlines the RIP-1 header which is unfortunate since we deal
only with RIP-2 in this course. However, read 3.6 together with
section 4 to understand the formats of the RIP-2 messages.
- 3.7 is too technical and can be skipped.
- 3.8 describes RIP timers and is included.
- 3.9-3.10 are optional, not included.
- 4 should be read together with 3.6
- 5 and 6 are not included.