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MPLS - serial - ethernet interfaces

Is an MPLS cloud always connected wih ethernet interfaces of sites. Please discuss..


Re: MPLS - serial - ethernet interfaces

That's not true. The Cisco IOS supports MPLS over most of the possible interface/encapsulation types and is not restricted to Ethernet.


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Re: MPLS - serial - ethernet interfaces

What is the feature when ethernet interfaces are used.

Re: MPLS - serial - ethernet interfaces


As stated Paresh, MPLS is support on many interface/connectivity options.

Nowadays most of the customers are exploring options for using ethernet as last mile connectivity ( METRO ethernet solutions), which is very flexible and easy for bandwidth scaling.

Most of the service providers also provide you last mile connectivity via ethernet itself. In this case easily you can have a last mile bandwidth of up to 100mbps

Service providers do use MPLS in their backbone to provision MPLS based VPN for customers who are having ethernet last mile connectivity.

However as stated by Paresh, MPLS is supported over many interface/connectivity options

Feel free to get back to us if you need further clarifications.

Hope this helps.


Re: MPLS - serial - ethernet interfaces


the problem occuring with MPLS over ethernet might be MTU size related. The original ethernet specification did not allow a MTU larger than 1500 Bytes. If labels are used, this would restrict your customer MTU to f.e. 1492 Byte, when no adjustments are done.

For most ethernet interfaces on routers today larger MTU sizes are no problem, especially with GE the MTU can be up to 9216 Bytes.

Additional care has to be taken, when LAN switches are involved. They might not allow you to increase the accepted frame size above 1518 Bytes, thus creating MTU issues. The restrictions can be hardware based and replacement could be the only option.

But with proper hardware and configuration in place this should create no problem.

Regards, Martin

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Re: MPLS - serial - ethernet interfaces

MPLS is independent of physical interface or interface encapsulation. In a frame-mode MPLS implementation, regardless of the WAN link you use (Ethernet, FR, ATM PVC, PPP), MPLS will insert the label stack between the Layer-2 and Layer-3 header of the packet/frame.

In cell-mode implementation across ATM SVCs, MPLS treats the ATM VPI/VCI values as labels, hence the ATM switching matrix is the MPLS label database (LFIB - Label Forwarding Information Base).


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