XORP is a FreeBSD-based open routing platform. “Designed for extensibility from the start, XORP provides a fully featured platform that implements IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols and a unified platform to configure them. It is the only open source platform to offer integrated multicast capability. XORP’s modular architecture allows rapid introduction of new protocols, features and functionality, including support for custom hardware and software forwarding.”

Origin – Home Page: USA – XORP

Management Interface: xorpsh, the XORP command shell

Price: Free and Open Source

Features: As a routing platform, XORP currently supports the following routing protocols:

  • Static Routes
  • Routing Information Protocol – RIP
  • Open Shortest Path First – OSPF
  • Border Gateway Protocol – BGP
  • Multicast Forwarding Engine Abstraction – MFEA
  • Internet Group Management Protocol/Multicast Listener Discovery – IGMP/MLD
  • Protocol Independent Multicast – Sparse Mode

Download/Buy: You may download a LiveCD image of XORP or download the source code. XORP source code can be compiled on the following operating systems:

  • Linux – 2.4 and 2.6 kernels
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • OpenBSD
  • DragonFlyBSD
  • MacOS X
  • Windows Server 2003

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