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This chapter describes the Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) support in RouterOS.
Mostly on larger LANs dynamic routing protocols ((OSPF or RIP)) are used, however there are number of factors that may make undesirable to use dynamic routing protocols. One alternitive is to use static routing, but if statically configured first hop fails, then host will not be able to communicate with other hosts.
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP) provides a solution by combining number of routers into logical group called Virtual Router (VR). VRRP implementation in RouterOS is compliant to RFC2338. Many modern routers support this protocol.

Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol

Init state

Backup state

Master state

Configuring VRRP

Basic requirements before VRRP can operate correctly are:

  • added vrrp interface where interface, vrid, authentication and priority parameters are configured properly;
  • IP address on master interface;
  • /32 IP address on VRRP interface from the same network as on master interface;

To create virtual router on an ethernet interface use the command:

/interface vrrp add interface=ether1

When adding new VRRP interface, you have to specify only master interface, otehr parameters are set to their default values: vrid=1, priority=100 and authentication=none.

Property reference

/interface vrrp

interface (string; Default: ) - interface name on which VRRP instance will be running run.

vrid (integer: 1..255; Default: 1) - Virtual Router identifier. Each Virtual router must have unique id number.

priority (integer: 1..254; Default: 100) - priority of VRRP node used in Master election algorithm. Higher number i higher priority. '255' is reserved to Router that owns IP and '0' is reserved for Master router to indicate that it is releasing responsibility.

interval (string; Default: 1) - VRRP update interval in seconds. Defines how often master sends advertisement packets.

preemption-mode (yes,no; Default: yes) - whether master node always has the priority. When set to 'no' backup node will not be elected to be a master until the current master fail even if the backup node has higher priority than the current master.

authentication (ah,none,simple; Default: none) - authentication method to use for VRRP advertisement packets.

Type Description
none should be used only in low security networks (e.g., two VRRP nodes on LAN).
ah IP Authentication Header. This algorithm provides strong protection against configuration errors, replay attacks, and and packet corruption/modification. Recommended when there is limited control over the administration of nodes on a LAN.
simple uses clear text password. Protects against accidental misconfiguration of routers on local network.

password (string; Default: ) - password required for authentication. Can be ignored if authentication is not used.

name (string; Default: "vrrp[num]") - VRRP interface name.

on-backup (string; Default: ) - script to execute when the node switch to backup state.

on-master (string; Default: ) - script to execute when the node switch to master state.

There are two ways to add scripts to on-backup and on-master: