FHRP communication path of keepalives

In order for two layer 3 devices to operate using an FHRP, the two layer 3 interfaces must be on the same layer 2 network segment so that their keepalives and their FHRP negotiation can take place successfully.

This can take place via a direct layer 2 link between the two devices as seen below:


If the link between the two devices is a layer 3 link, then the FHRP negotiation can also take place via the access layer switch that connects the two devices, which involves two layer 2 links:


Indeed in such a case, no direct link between the two gateways is necessary.

The following note describes what kind of L2 connections you can use for FHRP:

FHRP Communication Between Redundant Routers

For more information about different FHRP protocols, take a look at:

FHRP Protocols