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BGP next-hop-self, community no-export & send-community – GNS3 Lab

February 29th, 2012 in Basic Labs Go to comments

In this GNS3 lab we will learn how to establish neighborship between routers running BGP and use BGP attributes to control how a route is advertised to its neighbors. In this lab I wish to show how to create a basic “BGP network” and explain about next-hop-self, community no-export & send-community features in BGP. Below is the topology of this lab:


IOS used in this lab: c3640-jk9s-mz.124-16.bin

Objectives of this lab:
+ Task 1: Configure EBGP on AS 1, AS 23, AS 4 and configure IBGP between R2 & R3 (AS23)
+ Task 2: Advertise loopback0 on R1 to R4 and make sure R4 can ping to that loopback interface (AS23 becomes a transit AS)
+ Task 3: Make AS 23 not a transit AS by using the feature “community no-export”

First we will configure all IP addresses of this lab and turn on all the interfaces:

Configure IP addresses on all interfaces

R1(config)#interface f0/0
R1(config-if)#ip address
R1(config-if)#no shutdown
R3(config)#interface f0/0
R3(config-if)#ip address
R3(config-if)#no shutdown
R3(config)#interface f1/0
R3(config-if)#ip address
R3(config-if)#no shutdown
R2(config)#interface f0/0
R2(config-if)#ip address
R2(config-if)#no shutdown
R2(config)#interface f1/0
R2(config-if)#ip address
R2(config-if)#no shutdown
R4(config)#interface f0/0
R4(config-if)#ip address
R4(config-if)#no shutdown

Task 1: Configure EBGP & IBGP

R1(config)#router bgp 1
R1(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 23
R3(config)#router bgp 23
R3(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 23
R3(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 4
R2(config)#router bgp 23
R2(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 1
R2(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 23
R4(config)#router bgp 4
R4(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 23

Now we should check to make sure each BGP speaker (router running BGP) learn about their neighbors with the “show ip bgp summary” command:





Note: At this time, the “show ip bgp” commands on all routers show nothing and the “show ip route” commands only show directly connected networks. For example on R4:


Task 2: Advertise loopback0 on R1 to R4 and make sure R4 can ping to that loopback interface

First, create loopback on R1 and advertise it

R1(config)#interface loopback0
R1(config-if)#ip address
R1(config)#router bgp 1
R1(config-router)#network mask

Now we can see that route in both the routing table and BGP routing table of R2.



By the way, let’s have a look of the output of the “show ip bgp” command on R3 at this time


Please notice the “Next Hop” field from the output above. We can see that although the loopback0 of R1 is learned from R2 (so the next hop field should be the fa1/0 interface of R2) but here the “Next Hop” field here is an interface on R1 ( The reason is:
“For EBGP, the next hop is always the IP address of the neighbor specified in the neighbor command. For IBGP, the protocol states that the next hop advertised by EBGP should be carried into IBGP“. In this case, the next hop of EBGP (R1 on AS 1) will be installed into BGP of R3.

Therefore R3 needs an IGP (like OSPF, EIGRP…) to reach that EBGP router, if not it will drop all packets destined for network In this case no IGP has been configured so a ping to from R3 will surely fail because R3 doesn’t know how to reach

Also, we can see that R3 can’t reach with the “show ip bgp” command


This route is “inaccessible” so R3 will not advertise this route to R4 -> no network is installed in the BGP routing table of R4


To overcome this problem, we can declare the “next-hop-self” on the edge router (R2). With this command, R2 will send its own IP address as the next hop instead of sending the EBGP next hop.

R2(config-router)#neighbor next-hop-self

Now the Next Hop field will be an interface on R2 (


And network is also installed in the BGP routing table of R4 because the route is now accessible and R3 advertises it to R4


Notice that although the network exists in the BGP routing table but R4 still can’t ping to it


Check the BGP routing table of R1 we will see that R1 does not know how to reach network -> R1 does not know how to send the “ping reply” (ICMP response) to R4.


To make a successful ping from R4, we must advertise network on R4.

R4(config-router)#network mask

Now R1 has learned about network


Maybe we can now ping from R4 to loopback0? The answer is still no! Although the ping can reach loopback0 but the reply packets can’t reach R4 because there is a mistake on the BGP routing table of R2


As you can guess, the same problem “next hop advertised by EBGP should be carried into IBGP” occurs so we need to use the command:

R3(config-router)#neighbor next-hop-self


Now we can ping from R4 to loopback0 on R1


Task 3: Make AS 23 not a transit AS

This is an important problem in real life. Suppose your company (with R2 & R3 routers) wants the connection to the Internet must be available in any time so your administrators hired two internet lines from two separate ISPs (R1 & R4). But improper configuration can make traffic flow from R1 -> R2 -> R3 -> R4 and your company becomes a transit AS. Surely your company does not want to receive this traffic as it takes much bandwidth of the company. We need to filter out this type of traffic.

The purpose of this task is opposite to task 2. We will make AS 23 not a transit AS by not advertising network to R4. To do this, we will create a route-map for and set the “no-export” attribute to this route:

R3(config)#access-list 1 permit
R3(config)#route-map NOEXPORT permit 10
R3(config-route-map)#match ip address 1
R3(config-route-map)#set community no-export
R3(config)#router bgp 23
R3(config-router)#neighbor route-map NOEXPORT in

The “no-export” means “do not advertise this route to any EBGP peers” and this attribute is set to network before entering R3 (because we apply this route-map on inbound direction to R3). Therefore R3 will understand “do not advertise to any EBGP neighbor”, in this case EBGP neighbor is R4.


Also on R4 the network disappears.


Another way to achieve the same result as above is configuring a route-map and apply it on the outbound direction of R2 (to R3):

R2(config)#access-list 1 permit
R2(config)#route-map NOEXPORT permit 10
R2(config-route-map)#match ip address 1
R2(config-route-map)#set community no-export
R2(config)#router bgp 23
R2(config-router)#neighbor route-map NOEXPORT out

For your information, we can use the “community no-export” on R1 on outbound direction to achieve the same result but notice you have to add the “send-community” feature so that the community attribute on R1 is sent to R2 because even if you set the community attribute on R1, this attribute does not transmit to BGP neighbors by default.

R1(config)#access-list 1 permit
R1(config)#route-map NOEXPORT permit 10
R1(config-route-map)#match ip address 1
R1(config-route-map)#set community no-export
R1(config)#router bgp 1
R1(config-router)#neighbor route-map NOEXPORT out
R1(config-router)#neighbor send-community

Now on R2 you will see


Also add “neighbor … send-community” command on R2 to propagate community attribute to R3

R2(config)#router bgp 23
R2(config-router)#neighbor send-community

Now both R2 & R3 receive community attribute on R1


R3 knows network is not allowed to advertise to R4 (R4 is an EBGP) so R4 does not have this route in its BGP routing table (note: we don’t need to set the “send-community” on R3 because R3 understands this route should “not be advertised to any peer”).


This is the end of this lab. I don’t upload the configuration files because I wish you to do it by yourself (I am sorry).

  1. albertogt86
    January 13th, 2018

    Amazing lab, normally figure on 300-101 now?? Thanks.

  2. james
    November 8th, 2018

    what if I want to do ping from R1 to R4?
    I am confused, please help me….

  3. Anonymous
    December 10th, 2018

    For some reason the 2nd to last and last step would not work. When I put the route map on R1 to prevent R2 from receiving, R2 was still receiving the route I read somewhere that you can’t filter an ip that’s configured on a router from being sent to a directly connected neighbor using the no-export command…that this only works for the hop after the neighbor…that for directly connected neighbors where the ip is configured on one of the neighbors that you would need to use a prefix list, distribution list or route map. But then how did digitaltut get it to work. Not sure if the ios makes a difference. I’m using 12.4

  4. Anonymous
    December 10th, 2018

    Ah, so actually this is working for me. And I understand better now what the point of this these last two exercises were – to prevent R4 from having a route to So after doing these last two steps, R2 and R3 will still have a route to, it’s just that R2 will pass route and the community to R3, but R3 will not pass the route at all to R4 (because R4 is an eBGP neighbor to R3 and the “no-export” command only works with eBGP neighbors. The “no-export” command does not block iBGP neighbors from receiving the routes.

  5. cippalippa2
    February 15th, 2020

    R3(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 23
    should be
    R3(config-router)#neighbor remote-as 23

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