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<b>Note:</b> For this setup <b>mpls-test</b> package must be installed.
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<b>Note:</b> For this setup <b>routing</b> and <b>mpls-test</b> package must be installed.
  
 
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Revision as of 14:08, 31 July 2009

Overview

This a very basic example how to enable MPLS, establish VPLS tunnel between two wireless links and use it to transparently bridge two networks.

There are several other ways to create this type of setup:

The MPLS/VPLS approach has some advantages:

  • VPLS tunnel is about 60% faster than EoIP tunnel
  • 802.11n speed is limited over WDS bridges, this method doesn't have such limitations

Configuration

Let us assume the following network setup:

Wlink.png

Note: For this setup routing and mpls-test package must be installed.

AP

# --configure wireless access point--
/interface wireless
set wlan1 disabled=no ssid=MPLS frequency=5180 band=5ghz mode=bridge

# --configure IP--
/ip address
add address=172.16.0.1/30 interface=wlan1

# --enable LDP--
/mpls ldp 
set enabled=yes lsr-id=172.16.0.1 transport-address=172.16.0.1
/mpls ldp interface
add interface=wlan1

# --configure VPLS tunnel--
/interface vpls
add name=vpls1 remote-peer=172.16.0.2 vpls-id=1:1 disabled=no

# --add bridge and bridge ports --
/interface bridge add name=bridge1
/interface bridge port
add bridge=bridge1 interface=ether1
add bridge=bridge1 interface=vpls1

station

# --configure wireless access point--
/interface wireless
set wlan1 disabled=no ssid=MPLS band=5ghz mode=station

# --configure IP--
/ip address
add address=172.16.0.2/30 interface=wlan1

# --enable LDP--
/mpls ldp 
set enabled=yes lsr-id=172.16.0.2 transport-address=172.16.0.2
/mpls ldp interface
add interface=wlan1

# --configure VPLS tunnel--
/interface vpls
add name=vpls1 remote-peer=172.16.0.1 vpls-id=1:1 disabled=no

# --add bridge and bridge ports --
/interface bridge add name=bridge1
/interface bridge port
add bridge=bridge1 interface=ether1
add bridge=bridge1 interface=vpls1

Confirm that LDP is running

[admin@MikroTik] /mpls ldp neighbor> print
Flags: X - disabled, D - dynamic, O - operational, T - sending-targeted-hello, V - vpls
 #      TRANSPORT    LOCAL-TRANSPORT PEER           SEND-TARGETED ADDRESSES
 0 DOTV 172.16.0.2   172.16.0.1      172.16.0.2:0   no            172.16.0.2
                                                                                 
[admin@MikroTik] /mpls ldp neighbor> .. .. forwarding-table print
Flags: L - ldp, V - vpls, T - traffic-eng
 #   IN-LABEL        OUT-LABELS      DESTINATION    INTERFACE    NEXTHOP
 0   expl-null
 1 V 18                              vpls1

Confirm that VPLS tunnel is established:

[admin@MikroTik] /interface vpls> monitor vpls1 once
       remote-label: 17
        local-label: 18
      remote-status:
  transport-nexthop: 172.16.0.2
     imposed-labels: 17