What isNLSP

NLSP (Protocol for NetWare Link Services) is a routing protocol developed by Novell for their NetWare networks. It uses a link state protocol to reduce wasteful bandwidth usage that was common with the RIP (Routing Information Protocol) algorithm.

NLSP is designed to use less bandwidth by only sending updates when there is a change in the network’s topology. This is different from the RIP algorithm, which sends the entire routing table every 30 seconds regardless of any changes being made or not.

With NLSP, administrators can configure customized metrics for specific routes and manage the network’s routing more efficiently. The protocol can also operate better in larger networks than RIP, where network congestion and scalability issues can be a problem.

Benefits of NLSP

  • Less bandwidth usage compared to RIP
  • Efficient routing of network traffic
  • Customizable routing metrics for specific routes
  • Better scalability in larger networks with more complex topologies


What is RIP?

RIP (Routing Information Protocol) is a protocol used for internal routing in IP networks distributing routing information about network accessibility, and availability.

Which protocol is better, RIP or NLSP?

It depends on the size and complexity of your network. For smaller networks, RIP may be a more straightforward solution, while NLSP is more suitable for larger networks with more complex topologies.


NLSP is a Novell routing protocol designed to improve the efficiency of routing in their NetWare networks. Its link state protocol helps reduce bandwidth usage and provides more customized control over routing metrics. NLSP is a more scalable and adaptable solution for larger networks with a complex topology.

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