Configuring Hardware Routing for a vRouter

Create interfaces on hardware routers and map them to virtual NICs in the vRouter zone. The number of hardware vRouters you can create depends on the platform. You can create only one vRouter on low-end platforms and can range up to 32 vRouters on high-end platforms.

The supported protocols are as follows:

  • OSPF — OSPF does not use a TCP/IP transport protocol such as UDP or TCP, but is encapsulated in the IP datagram with protocol number 89. OSPF uses multicast addressing for route flooding on a broadcast domain. For non-broadcast network, special provisions in the configuration facilitate neighbor discovery. OSPF reserves the multicast addresses for IPv4 or FF02::5/6 for IPv6.
  • BGP — BGP uses TCP and port number 179.
  • RIP — uses the following parameters:
    • RIPv1 — IPv4 uses UDP and port 520, and advertise address - broadcasting
    • RIPv2 — IPv4 uses UDP and port 520, and advertise address -
    • RIPng — IPv6 uses UDP and port 521, and advertise address - FF02::9
  • PIM — IPv4 uses protocol 103 with multicast address


To create a hardware-based vRouter called hwtest, use the following command:


CLI (network-admin@switch) > vrouter-create hwtest router-type hardware


Use the same commands as software routing to add protocols and interfaces.