HSRP – Hot Standby Routing Protocol Packet Tracer Activity

HSRP Overview

If your gateway goes down it is a good idea to have a backup that takes over immediately. Using Cisco’s Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP) you can configure a router to be an automatic backup gateway without having to change all of your network client’s default gateways, by reconfiguring your DHCP server, and releasing all of the gateway addresses on your network. {loadposition adposition5}In this graded Packet Tracer activity you configure HSRP to create active and standby router gateways.

In the activity, R1 is the current gateway router at Your task is to configure a virtual IP address on both router R1 and R2 G0/0 interfaces. You will configure R1 as the active router and R2 as the standby. Once that is done you will change the default gateway address on PC-A to the new virtual IP address and test. Download the Packet Tracer file and following along with my video tutorial.


1. Configure router R1 G0/0 interface with the following hot standby attributes:
standby 1 ip address
standby 1 priority 105
standby 1 preempt
standby 1 track g0/1
2. Configure router R2 G0/0 interface with the following hot standby attributes:
standby 1 ip address
3. Change the default gateway on PC-A to
4. Disable either of the Ethernet links to R1 and test to see if you can still ping the ISP.



Note: You will need to have Packet Tracer version 6.1 installed on your computer in order to open the file.

Video Tutorial

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

2 thoughts on “HSRP – Hot Standby Routing Protocol Packet Tracer Activity”

  1. In order to complete the PT activity, you have to enter on R1:
    standby 0 track g0/1

    *Note: it’s standby 0 instead of standby 1.
    It does not appear to affect the operation of HSRP in the network anyway.

    Thanks for the great tutorials!

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