OSPF Area Range – Active vs Passive Advertisment

I was troubleshooting an OSPF area range summarization and came upon something I haven’t seen before called Passive Advertisement. There weren’t too many Cisco documents that explained it so I decided to post a really quick description explaining it in little detail and where you could see it . This could be useful for the CCIE troubleshooting section, when dealing with OSPF area summarization problems.

I will use R3 to demonstrate. This router is connected to area 0 and area 1 which makes it the only ABR connecting the two areas. R3 should be sending a summary route 4.4.0.0/16 for the two component routes 4.4.4.0/24 and 4.4.5.0/24. Looks pretty simple. To verify, I check the output of show ip ospf to make sure the area 0 range 4.4.0.0 255.255.0.0 command is configured:

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