Each RIPng router maintains a routing database, including route entries of all reachable destinations. A
route entry contains the following information:
Destination address: IPv6 address of a host or a network.
Next hop address: IPv6 address of a neighbor along the path to the destination.
Egress interface: Outbound interface that forwards IPv6 packets.
Metric: Cost from the local router to the destination.
Route time: Time that elapsed since a route entry is last changed. Each time a route entry is
modified, the routing time is set to 0.
Route tag: Identifies the route, used in a routing policy to control routing information. For
information about routing policy, refer to Routing Policy Configuration in the IP Routing Volume.
RIPng Packet Format
A RIPng packet consists of a header and multiple route table entries (RTEs). The maximum number of
RTEs in a packet depends on the IPv6 MTU of the sending interface.
shows the packet format of RIPng.
Figure 1-1 RIPng basic packet format
Command: Type of message. 0x01 indicates Request, 0x02 indicates Response.
Version: Version of RIPng. It can only be 0x01 currently.
RTE: Route table entry, 20 bytes for each entry.
There are two types of RTEs in RIPng.
Next hop RTE: Defines the IPv6 address of a next hop
IPv6 prefix RTE: Describes the destination IPv6 address, route tag, prefix length and metric in the
RIPng routing table.
shows the format of the next hop RTE:
Figure 1-2 Next hop RTE format
IPv6 next hop address is the IPv6 address of the next hop.
shows the format of the IPv6 prefix RTE.