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RIP Version 2 (RIP-2) Message Format and Features
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original Routing Information Protocol (RIP-1)
has a number of problems and limitations. As the TCP/IP protocol suite
evolved and changed, RIP-1's problems were compounded by it becoming
somewhat out of date, unable to handle newer IP features. There were
some who felt that the existence of newer and better interior routing
protocols meant that it would be best to just give up on RIP entirely
and move over to something like Open
Shortest Path First (OSPF).
However, RIP's appeal was never its
technical superiority, but its simplicity and ubiquity in industry.
By the early 1990s. RIP was already in use in many thousands of networks.
For those who liked RIP, it made more sense to migrate to a newer version
that addressed some of RIP-1's shortcomings than to go to an entirely
different protocol. To this end, a new version of the protocol, RIP
Version 2 (RIP-2) was developed, and initially published in RFC
1388 in 1993. It is now defined in RFC 2453, RIP Version 2,
published in November 1998.
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