neighbor [ip-address | peer-group-name] timers keepalive holdtime
no neighbor [ip-address | peer-group-name] timers keepalive holdtime
(Optional) A BGP peer or peer group IP address
(Optional) Name of the BGP peer group
Frequency, in seconds, with which the Cisco IOS software sends keepalive messages to its peer. The default is 60 seconds.
Interval, in seconds, after not receiving a keepalive message that the software declares a peer dead. The default is 180 seconds.
To set the timers for a specific BGP peer or peer group, use the neighbor timers router configuration command. To clear the timers for a specific BGP peer or peer group, use the no form of this command.
The following example changes the keepalive timer to 70 seconds and the hold-time timer to 210 seconds for the BGP peer 18.104.22.168:
Router (config)#router bgp 109 Router (config-router)#neighbor 22.214.171.124 timers 70 210
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