CDP Configuration Example

CDP Packet Tracer Example

Packet Tracer CDP Configuration


As we have talked about in the previous lesson, CDP is a Cisco proprietary Neighbor Discovery Protocol. In this article, we will discuss how to configure CDP in Cisco IOS, we will learn CDP Cisco Configuration. LLDP is a standard neighbour discovery protocol. In another lesson we will also configure LLDP.


You can DOWNLOAD the Packet Tracer example with .pkt format HERE.


For all Packet Tracer Examples and Files, you can check Packet Tracer Labs Page.


For our example, the below topology is used.

CDP Configuration Topology
CDP Configuration Topology
Above, there is a L2 swith, a L3 switch, a router, an IP Phone and a PC are connected to the central switch.


We will not talk about the configuration of the central switch, but we will talk about the general CDP configuration commands.



To enable CDP globally, use “cdp run” on the router configuration mode.


Switch(config)# cdp run


To enable CDP on a specific interface, use “cdp enable” command on the interface configuration mode. By default CDP is already enabled. You can also disable CDP by using “no cdp enable” command.


Switch(config-if)# cdp enable
Switch(config-if)# no cdp enable



To configure cdp Hello time and Hold time, you can use the below commands. Time is mentioned as seconds.


Switch(config)# cdp timer 50
Switch(config)# cdp holdtime 100



To clear the CDP table, use the “clear cdp table” command.


Switch# clear cdp table



To verify CDP, you can use general CDP verification commands below:

Switch# show cdp
Switch# show cdp interface
Switch# show cdp neighbors
Switch# show cdp entry
Switch# show cdp traffic


In our topology, for the central switch, “show cdp neighbours” and “show cdp interface” command outputs are showed below.


Switch>show cdp neighbors

Capability Codes: R – Router, T – Trans Bridge, B – Source Route Bridge
S – Switch, H – Host, I – IGMP, r – Repeater, P – Phone
Device ID Local Intrfce Holdtme Capability Platform Port ID
IP Phone Fas 0/4 124 H P 7960
Switch Fas 0/6 124 3560 Fas 0/1
Switch Fas 0/2 124 S 2960 Fas 0/2
Router Fas 0/5 124 R C2800 Fas 0/0
Switch Fas 0/1 124 S 2950 Fas 0/1


For all Packet Tracer Examples and Files, you can check Packet Tracer Labs Page.


Lesson tags: CDP, neighbor discovery
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