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Why Are Dynamic Routing Protocols Used?

Why are dynamic routing protocols used is usually asked by newbies in the networking field, especially after they have heard about routing protocols. Besides that, they often asked this question: What is the difference between static routing and the dynamic routing protocols?

And the common answer is that dynamic routing protocols are scalable.

In other words, there is no need to configure a manual entry for each destination as well as specifying the next hop IP address or interface with the dynamic routing protocols. 

These are good reasons. But do we really have only such benefits? In very small networks, scalability is reasonable and correct. But for more sophisticated networks, there are other important reasons.

Before I explain the other reasons, let me clarify why static routing requires lots of manual configurations and why it is not scalable, compared to dynamic routing protocols.

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Figure- 1 Why are dynamic routing protocols used?

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Push and Pull Based Control Plane Mechanisms

Control plane packets are used to build a communication path between the networking devices. In some cases control plane is used to advertise and learn the endpoints.

Imagine a network which consist of these networking devices, in order to crate a graph or tree among them for bridging or routing purpose, control plane protocols are used. Read more