Configure a default static route using the Cisco SDM for CCNA

By ahmedmohamed on January 23, 2011 In Computers





The Cisco Security Device Manager (SDM) is an intuitive, Web-based device management tool integrated within Cisco IOS access routers. Cisco SDM simplifies router and security configuration through sophisticated wizards, enabling customers to quickly and easily deploy, configure, and monitor a Cisco access router without involving knowledge of the Cisco IOS Software command-line interface (CLI).

This article describes how to configure a default static route on a Cisco router using the Cisco SDM software. This post includes the Step-by-Step process to create a default route, and it will show you how to test your configuration. This article is designed for CCNA students, network engineers, and anyone looking to configure static IP routing using Cisco SDM (Cisco SDM is part of the CCNA syllabus).

The Default route is used on routers, which we do not want them carry detailed routing information about the network. For example, a router of branch office, a home router, etc.
The default route has the IP address 0.0.0.0 and a subnet mask of /0.

Configuring a default route is an easy task, just follow these steps in order to configure a default route using Cisco SDM:
Step 1: Open Cisco SDM.
Step 2: Click Configure.
Step 3: In the Tasks bar, click Routing.
Step 4: In the Static Routing area, click Add in order to open the Add IP Static Route dialog box.
Step 5: Click Make this as default route.
Step 6: In the Forwarding area, enter the Next hop information (interface/IP address).
Step 7: In the Optional area, enter the route’s metric. Additionally, click Permanent Router in order to prevent removing the route from the routing table if the interface connecting the router to the next hop router shuts down.
Step 8: Click Ok.

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