ISIS circuit-type command

When configuring ISIS, the is-type command is used to configure the routing level for an instance of the IS-IS routing process. The command is applied under the ISIS routing config mode like so:

R1(config-router)#is-type level-1

The circuit-type command is used to specify the type of adjacency that will be created and is configured using the following syntax in interface configuration mode:

R1(config)#interface GigabitEthernet 0/1 R1(config-if)#isis circuit-type level-2-only

The circuit-type command essentially allows you to configure specific interfaces to send out and accept only particular types of hellos that will create the desired adjacencies. For example, you can configure a router to have some interfaces to be level 2-only to prevent wasting bandwidth by sending out unused level 1 hello packets. The circuit-type command should only be used on ISIS routers that are between areas, that is Level1-2 routers.

The is-type and circuit-type commands are related, but they do two different things.