3.7.a Describe implement and troubleshoot peer relationships

3.7.a [ii] Active, passive

When a BGP speaker first initializes, it uses a local ephemeral TCP port, or random port number greater than 1024, and attempts to contact each configured BGP speaker on TCP port 179 (the well known BGP port). The speaker initiating the session performs an active open, while the peer performs a passive open. It’s possible for two speakers to attempt to connect to one another at the same time; this is known as a connection collision. When two speakers collide, each speaker compares the local router ID to the router ID of the colliding neighbor. The BGP speaker with the higher router ID value drops the session on which it is passive, and the BGP speaker with the lower router ID value drops the session on which it is active (i.e., only the session initiated by the BGP speaker with the larger router ID value is preserved).

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