How to Configure IPX Routing on Cisco Router

Before configuring IPX routing, we assume that you know the basics of Novell IPX Protocol Stack. Once you are familiar with the basics of Novell’s IPX/SPX model, you can start to configure IPX on Cisco router. To be honest, configuring IPX is easier as compared to IP. In order to configure IPX routing on Cisco router, you have to perform the following two tasks:

  • Enabling IPX routing
  • Enabling IPX on the desired interfaces
Enabling IPX Routing

In order to configure IPX routing on Cisco router, first, you need to enable the IPX routing. To do so, execute the following command in the global configuration mode.

Router#config t
Router(config)#ipx routing

Once you have enabled the IPX routing on Cisco router, RIP and SAP are also enabled, automatically. However, nothing will happen until you configure the individual interfaces with IPX addresses.

Enabling IPX on Individual Interfaces

To enable IPX on an interface, the following command syntax is used in the interface configuration mode:

ipx network number [encapsulation encapsulation-type] [secondary]

The following figure shows the syntax used to configure IPX routing on Cisco router.Configure IPX routing on Cisco router

We will use the following network topology to explain how to configure IPX on Cisco router.IPX Routing Configuration on Cisco Routers

In the preceding topology, R1 and R2 are connected through the Fa0/0 interfaces of respective routers and will use the ABCD0001 IPX network. R2 and R3 routers are connected through the Fa0/1 interfaces of the respective routers and will use ABCD0002 IPX network.

Let’s see how to configure IPX routing on Cisco router

  1. On R1, execute the following command to enable the IPX routing.
R1(config)#ipx routing
  1. Next, execute the following commands to configure ABCD0001 IPX network on the Fa0/0 interface.
    R1(config)#interface fa0/0 
    R1(config-if)#ipx network abcd0001 
    R1(config-if)#no shutdown 
    R1(config-if)#exit
  2. The following figure shows the configuration of IPX configuration of R1.Configure IPX Routing in GNS3
  3. Next, move on to R2 and execute the following command to enable the IPX routing.
    R2(config)#ipx routing
  4. Next, execute the following commands to configure ABCD0001 IPX network on the Fa0/0 interface and ABCD0002 IPX network on the fa0/1 interface.
    R2(config)#interface fa0/0 
    R2(config-if)#ipx network abcd0001 
    R2(config-if)#no shutdown 
    R2(config-if)#exit 
    R2(config)#interface fa0/1 
    R2(config-if)#ipx network abcd0002 
    R2(config-if)#no shutdown 
    R2(config-if)#exit
  5. Next, move on to R3 and execute the following command to enable the IPX routing.
    R3(config)#ipx routing
  6. Next, execute the following commands to configure ABCD0002 IPX network on the fa0/1 interface.
    R3(config)#interface fa0/1 
    R3(config-if)#ipx network abcd0002 
    R3(config-if)#no shutdown 
    R3(config-if)#exit
  7. Once you have enabled and configured IPX on all the routers, now its time to test and verify your IPX configuration. To do so, move on to R3 and execute the following command to show the IPX routing table.
    R3#show ipx route

    The show ipx route command

  8. In the preceding figure, you can see that the ABCD0001 IPX network is added in the IPX routing table on R3. The default routing protocol is RIP (R). IPX addresses should also be configured automatically on all the IPX enabled interfaces of all routers. To view the IPX networks and addresses of R1, execute the following commands.
    R1#show ipx interface brief 
    R1#show ipx interface fa0/0
  9. Alternatively, you can also use the show protocols command to verify whether the IPX protocol is enabled or not. In addition, this command will also display the IPX addresses of each interface, as shown in the following figure.Verify IPX configuration
  10. To test the IPX configuration, move on to R1 and execute the following command and examine the outputs.
    R1#show ipx route
  11. Next, execute the following command to check the connectivity between R1 and R3 routers.
    R1#ping ABCD0002.c203.2fe0.0001
  12. The following figure shows the successful configuration of IPX Routing on Cisco routers.IPX routing configuration Step by Step
  13. In the preceding command, ABCD0002.c203.2fe0.0001 is the IPX address of the Fa0/1 interface of R3.

In this post, we have explained the how to configure IPX routing on Cisco router. Hope, it helped you. Please like and share the article if you think it can help others too. You may also subscribe us to get notified of daily new posts.

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