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frame and cell mode

MPLS has two types label method. Frame mode and cell mode. ATM can be either frame mode or cell mode according to the doc. How do I know the ATM is configured as frame or cell mode. Is there a default thing? thanks

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Cisco Employee

Re: frame and cell mode

Cell mode was defined for ATM and is the only mode supported by ATM switches.

That being said, MPLS frame mode can be configured over an ATM PVC, in which case your ATM network doesn't even need to be MPLS aware.

Hope this helps,

Harold Ritter
Sr. Technical Leader
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Re: frame and cell mode

Hi Harold

Thanks.

Here is the configuration from our customer. 1.Could you tell me is this frame or cell mode?

2.Quoting what you said "in which case your ATM network doesn't even need to be MPLS aware". Is this MPLS aware or not? How to understand this?

interface ATM2/0/0.11 point-to-point

ip address 100.1.73.53 255.255.255.252

ip ospf network point-to-point

tag-switching ip

pvc 73/1052

Cisco Employee

Re: frame and cell mode

This is frame mode. In this case the ATM network doesn't need to be MPLS aware. It just transports MPLS as it would transport any other protocol, such as IPv4, IPv6 or IPX for that matter.

Hope this helps,

Harold Ritter
Sr. Technical Leader
CCIE 4168 (R&S, SP)
harold@cisco.com
México móvil: +52 1 55 8312 4915
Cisco México
Paseo de la Reforma 222
Piso 19
Cuauhtémoc, Juárez
Ciudad de México, 06600
México
New Member

Re: frame and cell mode

Thanks. Do you happen to have a configuration about to use cell mode for ATM? I want to see the configuration difference that may help me understand it better,

Cisco Employee

Re: frame and cell mode

Here's an example. Bear in mind that there in not too many MPLS cell mode networks still around these days.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk436/tk798/technologies_configuration_example09186a0080104a94.shtml

Hope this helps,

Harold Ritter
Sr. Technical Leader
CCIE 4168 (R&S, SP)
harold@cisco.com
México móvil: +52 1 55 8312 4915
Cisco México
Paseo de la Reforma 222
Piso 19
Cuauhtémoc, Juárez
Ciudad de México, 06600
México
Cisco Employee

Re: frame and cell mode

Here's another that might be more useful.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/tech/tk436/tk798/technologies_tech_note09186a0080093d41.shtml

Hope this helps,

Harold Ritter
Sr. Technical Leader
CCIE 4168 (R&S, SP)
harold@cisco.com
México móvil: +52 1 55 8312 4915
Cisco México
Paseo de la Reforma 222
Piso 19
Cuauhtémoc, Juárez
Ciudad de México, 06600
México
New Member

Re: frame and cell mode

Thanks a lot

New Member

Re: frame and cell mode

Just add two things to determine quickly if the network is Cell or frame mode:

1. When you see the tag-switching in front of the ATM interface

2. When the Labels are VPI/VCI

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