BGP Backdoor


As a professional poker player you have won the WSOP (World Series of Poker) and now your financial problems are over you decide to start your own online poker room. The bluffing is over it’s time to configure your own company network…you have setup your own AS (100) and are connected to a service provider who is using AS 300. You are connecting your network to another big online poker website to exchange network information but you are using EIGRP instead of BGP to connect AS 100 and 200…the problem you face is that traffic from your AS towards AS 200 is being sent towards AS300 and not using the direct link between router Diamonds and Spades.


  • All IP addresses have been preconfigured for you.
  • All routers have a loopback interface:
    Router Diamonds: L0: /24
    Router Spades: L0: /24
    Router Hearts: L0: /24
    Router Clubs: L0: /24
  • Configure EBGP between AS 100 and AS 300.
  • Router Diamonds: Advertise the /24 network in BGP.
  • Configure IBGP on router Hearts and Clubs.
  • Configure EBGP between AS 200 and AS 300.
  • Router Diamonds: advertise the /24 network in BGP.
  • Router Spades: advertise the /24 network in BGP.
  • Ensure you can ping from router Diamonds.
  • Ensure you can ping from router Spades.
  • If you have any connectivity problems fix them by using next-hop-self or advertising the appropriate networks in BGP. Do not advertise the 192.168.12.X /24 network in any way.
  • Configure EIGRP between router Diamonds and Spades:
    Advertise the /24 network.
    Advertise the /24 network.
    Advertise the /24 network.
    Disable auto-summary
  • Ensure you have an EIGRP neighbor relationship between the 2 routers.
  • Do a traceroute from router Spades to, which path is it taking?
  • Use a BGP command to make sure that traffic from router Spades towards is using the 192.168.12.X link and is not being sent through AS 300.
  • When the link between router Diamonds and Spades fails it should use AS 300 to reach the /24 network.

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Written by René Molenaar - CCIE #41726

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  1. Hi Rene,

    You mentioned about fixing the startup configs for this lab? Is this lab ready to be used?


  2. just tried your setup and i’m seeing the interfaces on router R1 (Diamonds) are switched. Fa1/0 has the 13 subnet while according to the picture (and the .net file) should be the 12 subnet.

    Both the starting config as the final one.

  3. I solved the problem in a way that I changed the administrative distance of BGP in 100 on router SPADES.
    Can it be done on that way or it have some other problems??

      1. if it prefers EIGRP Physical interface (fa0/0)is down so router Spade or Diamond will point the routes towards fa0/0 so wont it drop there? if im right changing AD value will not use the function like Backdoor if the physical link is down. please correct if im wrong 🙂

  4. Hi Rene,

    Nice labs, great job. I have noticed that in this lab the link for downloading the final configurations is not working properly. It downloads the startup configurations instead … 🙂 Am I right?


  5. Mauro is correct – the final configuration link actually points to the startup configs.

    i found it interesting that the BGP “backdoor” switch requires you to use a BGP “network” statement for a subnet the local router is NOT originating.

    good stuff 🙂

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