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Last week, I was going through customer cases and what I see is that users are bit confuse on configuring EIGRP in name mode. So here is a blog gives you glimpse of EIGRP name mode configuration.


In traditional way we were configuring EIGRP like this,


We go to configuration mode and defining EIGRP with process number


R1#conf t

R1(config)#router eigrp 1



After that if we have to run EIGRP on the interfaces then we have to specify each network with wildcard mask for every interface:






And for some the command like EIGRP authentication, defining Bandwidth to control EIGRP packets or to define EIGRP next-hop you have exit Router config mode and switch to interface mode as shown below:



R1(config)#int fa0/0

R1(config-if)#ip authentication mode eigrp 1 md5

R1(config-if)#ip authentication key-chain eigrp 1 cisco

R1(config-if)#ip bandwidth-percent eigrp 1 75


This was what we discussed for IPv4 Eigrp. Now to run EIGRP for IPv6 we have to configure in different way define the IPv6 router process and run Eigrp under interface mode.


ipv6 router eigrp 1

eigrp router-id

no shut


Interface f0/0

ipv6 enabe

ipv6 eigrp 1



So In traditional way for every address family (IPv4/VRF/IPv6) you have to configure EIGRP separately .You have to switch config mode to interface mode, also another interesting point is that there was no way to configure VRF in traditional IPv6 EIGRP implementation but in “EIGRP Name Mode configuration” you can config all in one place, plus you have the option to run IPv6 Eigrp for VRF


Let’s discussed EIGRP name mode configuration in detail.


EIGRP named configuration is available in following IOS release and onwards:








Cisco IOS XE Release 2.5


If you are running any of the above IOS versions then you will see 2 options after you do question mark as shown. 


R2(config)#router eigrp ?

  <1-65535> Autonomous System

  WORD       EIGRP Virtual-Instance Name


To define Name mode configuration define word option as show below:


R2(config)#router eigrp CISCO


Unlike traditional way, EIGRP instance not create or it doesn't start running the moment following is configured on the router. The instance will be created when address-family and autonomous system number is configured for e.g.:



For IPv4:


R2(config-router)#address-family ipv4 unicast autonomous-system 1


For IPv4 VRF:


R2(config-router)#address-family ipv4 unicast vrf Customer_A autonomous-system 1


For IPv6:


R2(config-router)#address-family ipv6 unicast autonomous-system 1


For IPv6 VRF


R2(config-router)#address-family ipv6 unicast vrf site_A autonomous-system 1


With this Named mode, we can create a single Instance of EIGRP, which can be used for all address family type as shown above.

Another simplicity is if want to turn off the entire AS, you can use “shutdown” command under address-family to turn off the entire instance.



Named EIGRP has 3 configuration modes. These are:


    1) address-family configuration mode - (config-router-af)#

    2) address-family interface configuration mode - (config-router-af-interface)#

    3) address-family topology configuration mode - (config-router-af-topology)#


A) Address-family configuration mode:


In this mode, you can configure networks, EIGRP neighbor, EIGRP Router-id, metric etc. From this mode you can access the other two configuration modes used in EIGRP named configuration.


R2(config-router)#address-family ipv4 unicast autonomous-system 1


Address Family configuration commands:

  af-interface         Enter Address Family interface configuration

  default              Set a command to its defaults

  eigrp                EIGRP Address Family specific commands

  exit-address-family  Exit Address Family configuration mode

  help                 Description of the interactive help system

  maximum-prefix       Maximum number of prefixes acceptable in aggregate

  metric               Modify metrics and parameters for address advertisement

  neighbor             Specify an IPv4 neighbor router

  network              Enable routing on an IP network

  no                   Negate a command or set its defaults

  shutdown             Shutdown address family

  timers               Adjust peering based timers

  topology             Topology configuration mode




B) Address-family interface configuration mode:


This mode takes all the interface specific commands that were previously configured on an actual interface (logical or physical) and moves them into the EIGRP configuration. EIGRP authentication, Bandwidth-percentage, split-horizon, and summary-address configuration are some of the options that are now configured here instead of in interface configuration mode.


R2(config-router-af)#af-interface fa0/0


Address Family Interfaces configuration commands:

  authentication      authentication subcommands

  bandwidth-percent   Set percentage of bandwidth percentage limit

  bfd                 Enable Bidirectional Forwarding Detection

  dampening-change    Percent interface metric must change to cause update

  dampening-interval  Time in seconds to check interface metrics

  default             Set a command to its defaults

  exit-af-interface   Exit from Address Family Interface configuration mode

  hello-interval      Configures hello interval

  hold-time           Configures hold time

  next-hop-self       Configures EIGRP next-hop-self

  no                  Negate a command or set its defaults

  passive-interface   Suppress address updates on an interface

  shutdown            Disable Address-Family on interface

  split-horizon       Perform split horizon

  summary-address     Perform address summarization




In traditional way if we want run EIGRP on all interface we use "network" command. Here you can use “af-interface default” to function same.


R2(config-router-af)#af-interface default



C) Address-family topology configuration mode:


This mode provide several options which operates on EIGRP topology table .here you can define content like redistribution, distance, offset list, variance etc. To enter this mode, we need to go back to address-family configuration mode:



R2(config-router-af)#topology base


Address Family Topology configuration commands:

  auto-summary         Enable automatic network number summarization

  default              Set a command to its defaults

  default-information  Control distribution of default information

  default-metric       Set metric of redistributed routes

  distance             Define an administrative distance

  distribute-list      Filter entries in eigrp updates

  eigrp                EIGRP specific commands

  exit-af-topology     Exit from Address Family Topology configuration mode

  fast-reroute         Configure Fast-Reroute

  maximum-paths        Forward packets over multiple paths

  metric               Modify metrics and parameters for advertisement

  no                   Negate a command or set its defaults

  offset-list          Add or subtract offset from EIGRP metrics

  redistribute         Redistribute IPv4 routes from another routing protocol

  snmp                 Modify snmp parameters

  summary-metric       Specify summary to apply metric/filtering

  timers               Adjust topology specific timers

  traffic-share        How to compute traffic share over alternate paths

  variance             Control load balancing variance




Comparison chart between Eigrp “traditional Configuration” and “Name mode Configuration”:


EIGRP Tradition way of Configuration

EIGRP Name Mode Configuration

int fa0/0

ip add

ip authentication mode eigrp 1 md5

ip authentication key-chain eigrp 1 cisco

ip bandwidth-percent eigrp 1 75 

ip hello eigrp 1 10

IPv6 enable

IPv6 eigrp 1





router eigrp 1


redistribute connected



ipv6 router eigrp 1

eigrp router-id

no shut



router eigrp 2

address-family ipv4 vrf CUST_A




"No IPv6 EIGRP support for VRF"

int fa0/0

ip add

IPv6 enable



router eigrp CISCO


address-family ipv6 unicast autonomous-system 1


  topology base


  eigrp router-id



address-family ipv4 unicast autonomous-system 1


  af-interface FastEthernet0/0

   authentication mode md5

   authentication key-chain cisco

   bandwidth-percent 75

   hello-interval 10



  topology base

   redistribute connected




address-family ipv6 unicast vrf CUST_B autonomous-system 2


  topology base




address-family ipv4 unicast vrf CUST_A autonomous-system 2


af-interface default


  topology base




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