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Troubleshooting Unicast RPF


Troubleshooting issues for unicast reverse-path forwarding (RPF) on EX Series switches include:

Legitimate Packets Are Discarded


Description: The switch filters valid packets from legitimate sources, which results in the switch's discarding packets that should be forwarded.


The interface or interfaces on which legitimate packets are discarded are asymmetrically routed interfaces. An asymmetrically routed interface uses different paths to send and receive packets between the source and the destination, so the interface that receives a packet is not the same interface the switch uses to reply to the packet's source.

Unicast RPF works properly only on symmetrically routed interfaces. A symmetrically routed interface is an interface that uses the same route in both directions between the source and the destination. Unicast RPF filters packets by checking the forwarding table for the best return path to the source of an incoming packet. If the best return path uses the same interface as the interface that received the packet, the switch forwards the packet. If the best return path uses a different interface than the interface that received the packet, the switch discards the packet.


On EX3200, EX4200, and EX4300 switches, unicast RPF works properly only if all switch interfaces—including aggregated Ethernet interfaces (also referred to as link aggregation groups or LAGs), integrated routing and bridging (IRB) interfaces, and routed VLAN interfaces (RVIs)—are symmetrically routed, because unicast RPF is enabled globally on all switch interfaces.