RIP Offset List


Your are a loyal customer of a company called “Ratchet Construction”. They heard you are a famous network engineer and are looking for your help with their network. Their routers are running RIP and they would like to influence the routing paths currently in use. Since the routers are a couple of years old they don’t support anything fancy like policy-based routing. See if you can grind your way through some RIP configurations…


  • All IP addresses have been preconfigured for you.
  • Configure RIP version 2 on all routers and make sure you have full connectivity. Advertise all loopback interfaces on router Drill.
  • You are only allowed to use offset-lists for this lab.
  • Ensure router Burr, Ratchet and Grinder use the F1/0 link on router Drill to reach network /24.
  • Ensure router Ratchet uses the F0/0 link on router Drill to reach network /24.
  • Ensure network /24 is unreachable for router Grinder. It has to be reachable for Burr and Ratchet.

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RIP Offset-List

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  1. i thought it said we can only use one offset list and i spent about a hour trying to figure that out and it was impossible! 2 points for me paying close attention to detail 🙂 I created all my offset list on router drill. I set my offset list metric to 16 for router going outbound on f0/0. Then set another offset list metric to 16 again for going outbound on f1/0. Then set my last offset list metric to 14 for going outbound on any interface. It seemed to work 🙂

  2. In regards to the 6 hop count showing up: the lab asked for Ratchet to connect to Drill via Drill’s f0/0. You configured the offset for 5 on Ratchet, but before the routing table could update itself and learn the new route, it showed the connected route via Ratchet f1/0; hence a hop count of 6 (the 5 you configure + 1 for the connected hop).

    Awesome labs!!

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