Route Description in Static Routes


Starting Cisco IOS release 12.2 onwards, Cisco has devised very good mechanism for including description with static routes. The “name” keyword in static routes helps in making troubleshooting and day to day operations easier.

Example below will illustrate how to use “name” along with static Route in Cisco IOS –

R1(config)# ip route ?<1-255>
Distance metric for this route
name                  Specify name of the next hop
permanent        permanent route
tag                       Set tag for this route
track                   Install route depending on tracked item

R1(config)#ip route name To-TnD-Department

As shown in the above description (name), the static route points towards TnD Department which is be behind next hop of

Hope this short article helps the viewers.

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