IT 242/ Into to WAN
June 19, 2014
Which one would you choose?
When a business decides whether their IP router should be configured to be static or dynamic, it comes down to the size of the network, the size of the company, and whether or not the topologies are changing or consistent throughout the company. Therefore it is important to compare and contrast what each one is, and how and when it would be appropriate to use.
A static routing configuration is a routing table configured by a network administrator. What this means is that a network administrator or individual in charge of the network configures the routing table in every router of the company’s topology by inputting every possible network address. Static routes to network destinations cannot be changed once set. This is great for smaller internetwork where it is important to track where things are being sent and by whom.
A dynamic routing configuration is the exact opposite of a static routing configuration. With dynamic routing, routing tables are built and maintained automatically by the routers through constant communication. This is all done by a routing protocol. This configuration needs little maintenance once it is established so it is ideal for companies that require a larger network.
In the end, the ideal choice will always be going with a dynamic routing configuration. A dynamic routing configuration requires less maintenance and less learned knowledge. A static routing configuration should only be used when the current infrastructure suggests it is more practical.
Microsoft (2014). Static and Dynamic Routers. [ONLINE] Available at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc957844.aspx. [Last Accessed June 15th 2011].