NLSP Definition

NLSP (NetWare link services protocol) is a routing protocol developed by Novell, Inc for use in its NetWare network operating system.

A routing protocol is a set of rules used by routers to determine the most appropriate paths into which they should forward packets towards their intended destinations.

A major design goal of NLSP was to reduce the high bandwidth consumption associated with the pioneering RIP (routing information protocol). NLSP also employs a more sophisticated link state protocol to make its routing decisions, in contrast to the relatively simple distance vector protocol used by RIP, which makes routing decisions solely on the basis of distance.

Created November 22, 2005.
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