Complete Protocol dictionary, glossary and reference
RIP: Routing Information Protocol
Routing Information Protocol (RIP) is a standard for exchange of routing information among gateways and hosts. This protocol is most useful as an "interior gateway protocol". In a nationwide network such as the current Internet, there are many routing protocols used for the whole network. The network will be organized as a collection of "autonomous systems". Each autonomous system will have its own routing technology, which may well be different for different autonomous systems. The routing protocol used within an autonomous system is referred to as an interior gateway protocol, or "IGP".