CCNP ROUTE Study – EIGRP Route Filtering

By | July 24, 2013

There are many reasons why you would want to implement route filtering. A good example would be to prevent routes to transit networks being advertised to a branch router, because no host in the branch would ever need to send packets to a host in the transit network.

Filtering in EIGRP is configured using the distribute-list router subcommand, which can reference either a prefix list, an ACL or a route map to determine whether or not routes should be filtered, and in which direction and (optionally) on which interface.

Here’s our network for this lab:

EIGRP Route Filtering

The three networks attached to router WEST (represented by loopback interfaces) are the ones we will filter routes to, so that they do not appear in router EAST’s routing table. We’ll filter each route in turn using the distribute-list command plus a prefix list, an ACL and a route map.

Without any filtering, each route appears in the routing table of router EAST:

EAST#sh ip route eigrp is subnetted, 3 subnets
D [90/156160] via, 00:31:12, FastEthernet0/0
D [90/156160] via, 00:31:04, FastEthernet0/0
D [90/156160] via, 00:31:21, FastEthernet0/0

Example 1 – filter route to using a prefix list:

IP prefix lists examine both the route prefix (subnet number) and the prefix length (subnet mask) for a match. IP prefix lists consist of a command with a sequence number and a permit/deny action. Route prefixes are matched by the command’s prefix/prefix length parameters and prefix lengths are matched by the optional ge (greater than or equal) and le (less than or equal) parameters. If neither ge or le is specified then the prefix length is matched exactly.

In our example we will use a prefix list to exactly match the route to and deny it, and then to permit all other routes. First we create the IP prefix list:

ip prefix-list West-PF seq 10 deny
ip prefix-list West-PF seq 20 permit le 32

Command sequence number 10 exactly matches the prefix/prefix length with a deny statement. Sequence 20 uses to match all other prefixes and le 32 to match prefix lengths 0-32, which effectively means “match all other routes” and permit them.

We then configure EIGRP with a distribute-list command that references the prefix list and is applied outbound:

WEST#sh run | begin router
router eigrp 10
 distribute-list prefix West-PF out
 no auto-summary

To verify, the show ip protocols command is useful here:

WEST#show ip protocols
Routing Protocol is "eigrp 10"
  Outgoing update filter list for all interfaces is (prefix-list) West-PF

If we now check EAST’s routing table we will see that the route to the network has been filtered by router WEST and no longer appears in the routing table:

EAST#sh ip route eigrp is subnetted, 2 subnets
D [90/156160] via, 00:12:37, FastEthernet0/0
D [90/156160] via, 00:12:37, FastEthernet0/0

Example 2 – filter route to using an ACL:

ACL’s use statements referencing an IP address and a wild card mask, followed by a permit/deny action. Remember that as with prefix lists you must also have a statement permitting the other networks that you don’t want to filter. So lets configure our ACL to deny

access-list 1 deny
access-list 1 permit any

It’s worth noting at this point that you cannot have multiple distribute-list commands in your router configuration, and if we try to add our new one without removing the previous command, we get the following:

WEST#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.
WEST(config)#router eigrp 10
WEST(config-router)#distribute-list 1 out
% Prefix-list filter exists, de-config first

So, after removing our previous distribute-list command we can add our new one that references our ACL:

WEST(config-router)#distribute-list 1 out

EAST’s routing table now confirms that WEST is not advertising the route to

EAST#sh ip route eigrp is subnetted, 2 subnets
D [90/156160] via, 19:23:34, FastEthernet0/0
D [90/156160] via, 00:01:20, FastEthernet0/0

Example 3 – filter route to using a Route Map:

Route Maps have many uses and consist of a set of commands that are processed sequentially. For the purposes of filtering routes in EIGRP we can use a route map that references either an ACL or a prefix list when looking for matches on routes to filter. In this example we’ll create a route map that matches the route based on a simple ACL.

First we create the ACL with a single permit statement to match our route:

access-list 2 permit

Then we create our route map (named Filter-, so we know what it does) with a deny statement that will match IP addresses based on access list 2. Note we also have a permit statement that when used without any match statements, means “match all” effectively permitting all other routes:

route-map Filter- deny 10
 match ip address 2
route-map Filter- permit 20

Finally, we configure EIGRP to use a distribute-list with the route map:

WEST(config-router)#distribute-list route-map Filter- out

EAST’s routing table now confirms that WEST is not advertising the route to

EAST#sh ip route eigrp is subnetted, 2 subnets
D [90/156160] via, 19:23:34, FastEthernet0/0
D [90/156160] via, 00:01:20, FastEthernet0/0

I hope this has been a useful explanation.  Thanks for reading, and good luck with your CCNP studies!



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13 thoughts on “CCNP ROUTE Study – EIGRP Route Filtering

  1. gaurav

    the simplest example of route filtering in Eigrp , this is the one of the easiest explanation that i found in web
    the OCG book is crap in front of this

    thanks rich

    1. Rich Bibby Post author

      Thanks Gaurav! That’s a really nice comment. Glad you found it useful.


  2. Punith

    Simple explanation that non-networking guy can also understand. Thanks Rich.

  3. Boyd Vincent

    Thank you very much for this. It’s a very simple explanation for potentially complicated configs. I really appreciate you putting this stuff up here for everyone to learn from!

  4. Aman Goel

    excellent and easily understandable work ….thankyouuuu


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