EIGRP uses the Null0 interface to prevent these types of routing loops. The figure illustrates a scenario where a Null0 route prevents the routing loop illustrated in the previous example:

1. R1 has a default route, via the ISP router.

2. R1 sends a routing update to R2 containing the default route.

3. R2 installs the default route from R1 in its IPv4 routing table.

4. R2’s routing table contains the,, and subnets in its routing table.

5. R2 installs the summary route to Null0 in its routing table.

6. R2 sends a summarized update to R1 for the network.

7. R1 installs the summarized route for via R2.

8. R1 receives a packet for Because R1 has a route for via R2, it forwards the packet to R2.

9. R2 receives the packet with the destination address from R1. The packet does not match any specific subnet of but does match the summary route to Null0. Using the Null0 route, the packet is discarded.

A summary route on R2 for to the Null0 interface, discards any packets that begin with 172.16.x.x, but do not have a longer match with any of the subnets:,, or

Even if R2 has a default route of in its routing table, the Null0 route is a longer match.

Note: The Null0 summary route is removed when autosummary is disabled using the no auto-summary router configuration mode command.