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MPLS - any benefits for this setup?

Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:13 pm

I got a wireless network, that runs 1 5Ghz feeder with 2 cells; each cell has 2 customer access APs. Had to do wireless backbone due to unavailable hard line. Network diagram attached.
Question: is there benefits implementing mpls tunnels from each AP to the router for this setup?
Right now it is bridged, with WDS backbone.
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Re: MPLS - any benefits for this setup?

Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:44 am

Doubt it due to penultimate hop popping.
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Re: MPLS - any benefits for this setup?

Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:04 pm

Maybe some EoIP?
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Re: MPLS - any benefits for this setup?

Tue Aug 19, 2008 3:10 am

MPLS it's really design for large network that can take advantage when have multiples link with BGP or OSPF for create redundancy also the benefit of remove the over head but for these small design you will not need that.

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Re: MPLS - any benefits for this setup?

Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:10 pm

Like others have suggested, benefits of using some MPLS technology are questionable for such a simple network. In given network there is actually no device that would do the "switching" and therefore make use of switching performance.

Other than that - e.g. VPLS as MPLS based technology could be used if it was required for gateway router to distinguish traffic coming from different customer access interfaces - VPLS would allow to terminate VPLS tunnels to different customer access interfaces on gateway router, giving virtual interface to every customer access interface (4 in total), where currently you have only one interface going to every AP (2 wds interfaces).

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