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ME60 V800R010C10SPC500 Feature Description - WAN Access 01

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Poison Reverse

Poison Reverse

Poison reverse allows a RIP-enabled interface to set the cost of the route that it learns from a neighbor to 16 (indicating that the route is unreachable) and then send the route back. After receiving this route, the neighbor deletes the useless route from its routing table, which prevents loops.

Figure 4-5 Networking for poison reverse

In Figure 4-5, Device A sends Device B a route to If poison reverse is not configured, Device B will send this route back to Device A after learning it from Device A. As a result, Device A learns the following routes to
  • A direct route with zero hops
  • A route with Device B as the next hop and total two hops
Only direct routes, however, are active in the RIP routing table of Device A.

If the route from Device A to becomes unreachable and Device B is not notified, Device B still considers the route to reachable and continues sending this route to Device A. Then, Device A receives incorrect routing information and considers the route to reachable through Device B; Device B considers the route to reachable through Device A. As a result, a loop occurs on the network.

With poison reverse, after Device B receives the route from Device A, Device B sends a route unreachable message to Device A with cost 16. Device A then no longer learns the reachable route from Device B, which prevents routing loops.

If both split horizon and poison reverse are configured, only poison reverse takes effect.

Updated: 2019-01-04

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