A simple routing protocol that is part of the TCP/IP protocol suite. It determines a route based on the smallest hop count between source and destination. Routing Information Protocol is a distance vector protocol that routinely broadcasts routing information to its neighboring routers. Routing Information Protocol(RIP1) is defined as a means by which routing equipment can find the best path for transmitting data packets from one network to another. Upgrades have been made to the RIP1 protocol, resulting in Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIP2). RIP2 was developed to cover some of the inefficiencies of RIP1. Metric: RIP metric is a value of distance for the network. Usually RIP increments the metric when the network information is received. Redistributed routes' default metric offset is set to 1. These rules can be used to change the metric offset only for the matched networks specified or excluded in the Route Metric Offset table. But the metric offset of other networks is still set to 1.