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Multilink Problem

Hi All,

I have two routers R1 and R2 configured with multilink. Everything works fine when both the links are working fine but when one of the link becomes flapping link then ping response also suffers with many RTOs. Then i have to shut down the flapping link for smooth operation. Now Is there any way to fix this without shutting down the interface?

Waiting for your response..

Regards,

Roopak

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Cisco Employee

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi Roopak,

MLPPP link fragments all packets and distributes across multiple links; when one side of the member point to pint link is down while the remote side reminds up, the fragmentation and reassembly fails apart. One side keeps sending the fragmented packets through all member links and the remote side cannot reassemble it. That will cause fragmentation errors and packet drops, and this could be the problem you are having.

One solution is you can decrease the interface keepalive; by doing that you can make the remote site quickly notice the MLPPP link is down.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/interface/command/reference/ir_i1.html#wp1014303

HTH,

Lei Tian

Cisco Employee

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi Roopak,

Configure keepalive on both ends. As long as your IOS support, you can use ip SLA, but ip SLA can not bring down the interface by itself.

HTH,

Lei Tian

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Cisco Employee

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi Roopak,

MLPPP link fragments all packets and distributes across multiple links; when one side of the member point to pint link is down while the remote side reminds up, the fragmentation and reassembly fails apart. One side keeps sending the fragmented packets through all member links and the remote side cannot reassemble it. That will cause fragmentation errors and packet drops, and this could be the problem you are having.

One solution is you can decrease the interface keepalive; by doing that you can make the remote site quickly notice the MLPPP link is down.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/ios/interface/command/reference/ir_i1.html#wp1014303

HTH,

Lei Tian

Community Member

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi letian,

Thanks for reply. But should i decrease the keeplive for that flapping interface on one end or both?

Regards,

Roopak

Community Member

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi Letian,

One more thing i have to say can i use ip sla over this multilink?

Regards,

Roopak

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi,

You can configure keepalive value in both side of the multilink and keep the value would be 0-255.By default the keepalive value will be zero.

If you have configured HSRP in your multilink, then you can use IP sla to track the remote side ip reachability via icmpecho and you can apply this track into HSRP to do auto switchover of virtual IP from primary router to seconday router.

regards

karuppu

Cisco Employee

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi Roopak,

Configure keepalive on both ends. As long as your IOS support, you can use ip SLA, but ip SLA can not bring down the interface by itself.

HTH,

Lei Tian

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Community Member

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi Letian,

Yes, setting keepalive time to 1 solves  the problem.

Regards,

Roopak

Community Member

Re: Multilink Problem

Hi All,

Yes, setting keepalive time to 1 solves the problem.

Regards,

Roopak

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