Upon initialization, each router transmits a link state advertisement (LSA) on each of its interfaces. LSAs are collected by each router and entered into the LSDB of each router. After all LSAs are received, the router uses the link state database (LSDB) to calculate the best routes for use in the IP routing table. OSPF uses flooding to distribute LSAs between routers. Any change in routing information is sent to all of the routers in the network. All routers within an area have the exact same LSDB.
LSA Type Numbers describes LSA type numbers.
|4||AS summary LSA|
|5||AS external LSA|
|7||NSSA external LSA|