OSPF Area Configuration

OSPF Areas are managed at Services > FRR OSPF on the Areas tab.

The Areas tab contains a list of current OSPF areas, if any, and controls to manage the entries (e.g. edit, delete). The fa-plus Add button creates a new area.

The remaining sections on this page cover the various options available when creating or editing an area entry.

Area Options


A designation for the set of networks. Can be any number capable of being expressed in dotted quad notation (IPv4 address) or as a 32-bit unsigned integer.

In typical OSPF configurations is the backbone area between all routers and each local network has its own area. For simpler deployments, the only area may be on every router and interface. Using a single area disables some features such as route summarization.


Some text describing this area.

Area Type

Defines how this area behaves. For a list of all types and how they operate, see Area Types.

Default Route Cost

Sets the cost applied to default route summary LSA messages sent to stub areas.

ABR Shortcut

For use with ABR Type set to Shortcut (Advanced), this advertises the area as capable of supporting ABR shortcut behavior (draft-ietf-ospf-shortcut-abr-02).


This option enables authentication for this area. Communication from peers must contain the expected authentication information to be accepted, and outgoing packets will have authentication information added.

Authentication passwords and keys are configured by the OSPF interface settings.

Authentication Type

Sets the type of authentication to use in this area.


Do not use authentication in this area.

Message Digest (MD5 Hash)

Enables MD5 HMAC authentication for this area. This is stronger authentication than simple passwords.

Simple Password

Enables simple password authentication for this area.

Route Summarization

Configure summarization of routes inside the given prefixes. Instead of Type 1 (Router) and Type 2 (Network) LSAs, it creates Type 3 Summary LSAs instead.

The options here can be repeated for multiple prefixes. Click fa-plus Add for each additional prefix.

Summary Prefix

The prefix to summarize.

Do Not Advertise

Disable advertisement for this prefix.


Apply the specified cost to summarized routes for this prefix.

Substitute Prefix

Instead of advertising the first prefix, advertise this prefix instead.

ABR Summary Route Filtering

Export List

Uses the given ACL to limit Type 3 summary LSA messages for intra-area paths that would otherwise be advertised. This behavior only applies if this router is the ABR for the area in question.

Import List

Similar to export-list, but for routes announced by other routers into this area.

Filter List (Out|In)

Similar to Export List and Import List but uses prefix lists instead of ACLs, and can work in either direction.