Schemes that do not explicitly use much information about the state of networks are briefly surveyed, with the focus on dynamic alternative routing (DAR), a simple but highly effective routing method currently planned for the British Telecom Network. State-dependent routing and how some of the methodology also has bearing on the control issue are discussed. The problem of dimensioning a network that uses dynamic routing (i.e. how much capacity is needed and where it should be put to provide an acceptable performance) is addressed. A practical example, which refers to routing in an international access network, is discussed. Some conclusions are drawn on the benefits and drawbacks of distributed routing