IP Routing

This online course describes in detail the role, facilities, and operation of the various protocols that discover routes over an IP network.  

IP Routing

Course Description

This course by PTT describes in detail the methods employed to dynamically choose routes for traffic over IP networks.

This course begins by describing the role of routing protocols and comparing distance vector and link state routing. The operation, advantages, limitations and applications of various routing protocols are then described including those used in autonomous systems (AS) and between AS. The traffic management facilities of the BGP inter AS protocol are explained. The course also discusses methods of increasing the efficiency of the routing process and IP address allocation with reference to subnet masking. The need for and advantages of IPv6 addressing are also discussed.

Course Outcomes:
  • Describe the use, operation and limitations of the distance vector routing protocol, RIP
  • Describe the use and operation of the link state routing protocol, OSPF
  • Describe the hierarchical routing and traffic engineering facilities offered by the link state routing protocol, OSPF
  • Explain the concept, role and use of subnet masking
  • Describe the role, advantages and principles of variable length subnet masking (VLSM)
  • Describe the principles and advantages of route summarisation with reference to OSPF areas
  • Describe the principles of Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR) and its role in improving the efficiency of IP address allocation
  • Explain the advantages of IPv6 addressing compared with IPv4
  • Describe and compare protocols that advertise routing information between autonomous systems
  • Describe the traffic management facilities of the routing protocol BGP with reference to load balancing and peering
  • Explain the relationship between interior and exterior routing protocols with reference to redistribution and filtering
  • Describe methods of protecting routing updates from malicious or fraudulent misuse with reference to MD5 authentication, IPsec and BGPsec
Course Details:

Target Audience

This IP Routing course is designed for those who are, or intend to be, involved in the planning, installation, or maintenance of Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

Access Timeframe

1 Year


You will get the most out of this course if you already have a basic understanding of the basic principles and operation of networks based on the Internet Protocol (IP). It is recommended that the PTT e-learning course IP Networks is studied before attempting this IP Routing course.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

Certificate of Completion

Format of Certification


Method of Obtaining Certification

Upon successful completion of the course, the learner can download a certificate.

Technical Requirements

To access the course, a PC running a browser such as Internet Explorer 6 or above, Firefox 2 or above, Google Chrome or Safari is required. The PC should have Internet access and be running Flash version 8 or above. A screen resolution of at least 1024x768 is necessary.


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