MPLS Customer Edge always necessary?

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Apr 22nd, 2010

Hello,

As I wrote in a previous discussion, I'm planning to deploy a MPLS network with VPN capabilities.

My question is, is it really necessary to have a router on every client?? Does it has to be a specific router?
What features does a customer edge needs to work with MPLS VPNs?

If I use a 3750 Metro can I avoid the need for a router on the customer edge? I'm thinking about enabling EoMPLS on the customer ports, connecting the customers to that ports and then establish the MPLS link using the enhanced services ports.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Correct Answer by smitesh kharecha about 6 years 7 months ago

Hi,

MPLS now a days is used frequently by pre-sales guys to impress clients, like we will give you a MPLS connection, etc.

However from clients or CE perspective MPLS is nothing more then a leased line.

So, it doesn't matter if your CE is router or PC or any other thing, as far as it is capable of send traffic to the PE.

All the label switching and also VPN forwarding is done on PE.

Kindly let me know if you have any queries.

Regards,

Smitesh

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smitesh kharecha Fri, 04/30/2010 - 22:27

Hi,

MPLS now a days is used frequently by pre-sales guys to impress clients, like we will give you a MPLS connection, etc.

However from clients or CE perspective MPLS is nothing more then a leased line.

So, it doesn't matter if your CE is router or PC or any other thing, as far as it is capable of send traffic to the PE.

All the label switching and also VPN forwarding is done on PE.

Kindly let me know if you have any queries.

Regards,

Smitesh

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