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Understanding Loopback Modes on Cisco Routers

Cisco - Understanding Loopback Modes on Cisco Routers

Document ID: 6337

Updated: Nov 21, 2007

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Introduction

Loopbacks are an important part of troubleshooting; they are used to isolate the fault on and end-to-end circuit (especially when the circuit is down). This document examines the two types of loopbacks on Cisco router ATM interfaces:

  • loopback diagnostic - this helps you determine if your interface is working properly.

  • loopback line - this helps determine if there is a problem with the service provider.

Before You Begin

Conventions

Refer to Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites for this document.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on the software and hardware versions below.

  • The examples in this document do not require any particular software versions. The AIP supports loopback diagnostic while PA-A1, PA-A2 and PA-A3 support both modes. The LANE modules support loopback line and other Cisco routers support both modes.

  • This applies only to the main interface, not the subinterface.

The information presented in this document was created from devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If you are working in a live network, ensure that you understand the potential impact of any command before using it.

Network Diagram

We will use the following network to illustrate the loopback modes.

loopback1.jpg

Loopback Diagnostic

The loopback diagnostic command under an ATM interface of a Cisco router causes traffic going out of the interface to come back to the router. Figure 1 and Example 1 illustrate how that process. To see loopback information for non-ATM interfaces, please click here and scroll down to the section on Special Serial Line Tests.

loopback2.jpg

Note: Tx=transmit interface and Rx=Receive interface.

Note: To ensure proper clocking, set the router as the clock source. To do this, specify the atm clock internal setting in the main interface configuration.

Example 1

Before loopback diagnostic is set on the interface

LT-7507b
 lt7507b# show running-configg
 Building configuration...

 Current configuration:
  !
  version 12.0
  !
  hostname lt-7507b
  !
  ip subnet-zero
  no ip domain-lookup
  !
  interface ATM1/0
   no ip address
   no ip directed-broadcast
   no ip mroute-cache
   no atm ilmi-keepalive
  !
  interface ATM1/0.1 multipoint
   ip address 10.1.1.2 255.255.255.0
   no ip directed-broadcast
   pvc 0/85 
    protocol ip 10.1.1.1
    encapsulation aal5snap
   !
  ip classless
  no ip http server
  !
  line con 0
  transport input none
  line aux 0
  line vty 0 4
  login
  !
  end

lt-7507b# show interface atm 1/0
     ATM1/0 is up, line protocol is up
     Hardware is cxBus ATM
     MTU 4470 bytes, sub MTU 4470, BW 155520 Kbit, DLY 80 usec,
     reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
     Encapsulation ATM, loopback not set
     Keepalive not supported
     Encapsulation(s): AAL5, PVC mode
     256 TX buffers, 256 RX buffers,
     2048 maximum active VCs, 1024 VCs per VP, 1 current VCCs
     VC idle disconnect time: 300 seconds
     Last input 00:01:55, output 00:01:55, output hang never
     Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
     Queueing strategy: fifo
     Output queue 0/40, 0 drops; input queue 0/75, 0 drops
     5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     163861 packets input, 3164940 bytes, 0 no buffer
     Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
     33 input errors, 33 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
     144191 packets output, 2138298 bytes, 0 underruns
     0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets
     0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out

Note: To illustrate the loopback mechanism, we will show that we can send ATM cells on the PVC. If loopback is not set, those cells will not be loopbacked to us. Let's shut down the ATM interface at the other router lt-7200b.

lt-7507b#debug atm packet interface 
     a1/0.1 vc 0/85
     ATM packets debugging is on
     Displaying packets on interface ATM1/0 VPI 0, VCI 85 only

      
     lt-7507b#ping
     Protocol [ip]:
     Target IP address: 10.1.1.1
     Repeat count [5]: 2
     Datagram size [100]:
     Timeout in seconds [2]:
     Extended commands [n]:
     Sweep range of sizes [n]:
     Type escape sequence to abort.
     Sending 2, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 10.1.1.1, timeout is 2 seconds:

The ping fails, and ATM debug show traffic is going out and not coming back.

1w1d: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x5 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     1w1d: 4500 0064 001C 0000 FF01 B778 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 9994 
     0E58 068B 0000
     1w1d: 0000 2D42 A290 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: .
     1w1d: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x5 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     1w1d: 4500 0064 001D 0000 FF01 B777 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 91C3 
     0E59 068B 0000
     1w1d: 0000 2D42 AA60 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: .
     Success rate is 0 percent (0/2)

Now add loopback diagnostic, and show interface will show that loopback is set.

lt-7507b#configure terminal
     Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
     lt-7507b(config)#int a1/0
     lt-7507b(config-if)#loopback diagnostic
     lt-7507b(config-if)#atm clock internal

Note: The loopback command must be configured on a main interface, not on a subinterface.

lt-7507b# show interface a1/0
     ATM1/0 is up, line protocol is up
     Hardware is cxBus ATM
     MTU 4470 bytes, sub MTU 4470, BW 155520 Kbit, DLY 80 usec,
     reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
     Encapsulation ATM, loopback set
     Keepalive not supported
     Encapsulation(s): AAL5, PVC mode
     256 TX buffers, 256 RX buffers,
     2048 maximum active VCs, 1024 VCs per VP, 1 current VCCs
     VC idle disconnect time: 300 seconds
     Last input 00:03:16, output 00:03:16, output hang never
     Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
     Queueing strategy: fifo
     Output queue 0/40, 0 drops; input queue 0/75, 0 drops
     5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     163861 packets input, 3164940 bytes, 0 no buffer
     Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
     33 input errors, 33 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
     144191 packets output, 2138298 bytes, 0 underruns
     0 output errors, 0 collisions, 1 interface resets
     0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out

The ping will fail but the ATM debug will show traffic going out (O) and coming back in (I).

lt-7507b#ping
     Protocol [ip]:
     Target IP address: 10.1.1.1
     Repeat count [5]: 2
     Datagram size [100]:
     Timeout in seconds [2]:
     Extended commands [n]:
     Sweep range of sizes [n]:
     Type escape sequence to abort.
     Sending 2, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 10.1.1.1, timeout is 2 seconds:

      
     1w1d: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x5 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     1w1d: 4500 0064 001A 0000 FF01 B77A 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 119A 
     13A2 07C5 0000
     1w1d: 0000 2D41 2408 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d:
     1w1d: ATM1/0.1(I):
     VCD:0x5 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 Type:0x0 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     1w1d: 4500 0064 001A 0000 0101 B57B 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 119A 
     13A2 07C5 0000
     1w1d: 0000 2D41 2408 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: .
     1w1d: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x5 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     1w1d: 4500 0064 001B 0000 FF01 B779 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 09C9 
     13A3 07C5 0000
     1w1d: 0000 2D41 2BD8 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d:
     1w1d: ATM1/0.1(I):
     VCD:0x5 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 Type:0x0 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     1w1d: 4500 0064 001B 0000 0101 B57A 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 09C9 
     13A3 07C5 0000
     1w1d: 0000 2D41 2BD8 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     1w1d: .
     Success rate is 0 percent (0/2)

Loopback Line

The loopback line command under an ATM interface of a Cisco router causes incoming traffic to be sent back to the network. See Figure 2 and Example 2 below.

loopback3.jpg

Example 2

Configuration of router lt-7200b

LT-7200b
lt-7200b# show running-configg
  Building configuration...

 Current configuration:
  !
  version 12.0
  service timestamps debug uptime
  service timestamps log uptime
  no service password-encryption
  !
  hostname lt-7200b
  !
  interface ATM2/0
   no ip address
   no ip directed-broadcast
   no atm ilmi-keepalive
  !
  interface ATM2/0.1 multipoint
   ip address 10.1.1.1 255.255.255.0
   no ip directed-broadcast
   pvc 0/85 
    protocol ip 10.1.1.2
    encapsulation aal5snap
   !
  !
  ip classless
  no ip http server
  !
  line con 0
  transport input none
  line aux 0
  line vty 0 4
  login
  !
  end

Before loopback line is set on the interface

lt-7200b# show interface atm 2/0
     ATM2/0 is up, line protocol is up
     Hardware is TI1570 ATM
     MTU 4470 bytes, sub MTU 4470, BW 155520 Kbit, DLY 80 usec,
     reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
     Encapsulation ATM, loopback not set
     Keepalive not supported
     Encapsulation(s): AAL5, PVC mode
     2048 maximum active VCs, 1024 VCs per VP, 1 current VCCs
     VC idle disconnect time: 300 seconds
     Last input 00:00:43, output 00:00:43, output hang never
     Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
     Queueing strategy: fifo
     Output queue 0/40, 0 drops; input queue 0/75, 0 drops
     5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     94912 packets input, 1637823 bytes, 0 no buffer
     Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
     0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
     102893 packets output, 2042225 bytes, 0 underruns
     0 output errors, 0 collisions, 3 interface resets
     0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out

Note: ATM packets debugging is on and ping from router lt-7507b to router lt-7200b. You can see that the tests are done again from the 7500 (where we removed the initial loopback). This is normal since the Loopback Line allows us to see if the Telco's network is working properly.

lt-7507b#debug atm packet
     ATM packets debugging is on
     Displaying all ATM packets
     lt-7507b#debug atm packet sh debug

      
     lt-7507b#ping 10.1.1.1

Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 1, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 10.1.1.1, timeout is 2 seconds:
!
Success rate is 100 percent (1/1), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/2/4 ms

The ping is successful, and ATM debug show traffic is going out and coming back in.

00:45:14: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x1 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     00:45:14: 4500 0064 0005 0000 FF01 B78F 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 028C 
     02D4 0C51 0000
     00:45:14: 0000 0029 6C70 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:45:14: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:45:14: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:45:14:
     00:45:14: ATM1/0.1(I):
     VCD:0x1 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 Type:0x0 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     00:45:14: 4500 0064 0005 0000 FE01 B88F 0A01 0101 0A01 0102 0000 0A8C 
     02D4 0C51 0000
     00:45:14: 0000 0029 6C70 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:45:14: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:45:14: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD

     
    Success rate is 100 percent (1/1)

Configure loopback line on the ATM interface of router lt-7200b

lt-7200b#configure terminal
     Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
     lt-7200b(config)#int a2/0
     lt-7200b(config-if)#loopback line
     lt-7200b(config-if)#^Z
     lt-7200b#config show interface a2/0
     ATM2/0 is up, line protocol is up
     Hardware is TI1570 ATM
     MTU 4470 bytes, sub MTU 4470, BW 155520 Kbit, DLY 80 usec,
     reliability 255/255, txload 1/255, rxload 1/255
     Encapsulation ATM,loopback set
     Keepalive not supported
     Encapsulation(s): AAL5, PVC mode
     2048 maximum active VCs, 1024 VCs per VP, 1 current VCCs
     VC idle disconnect time: 300 seconds
     Last input 00:02:45, output 00:02:45, output hang never
     Last clearing of "show interface" counters never
     Queueing strategy: fifo
     Output queue 0/40, 0 drops; input queue 0/75, 0 drops
     5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     5 minute output rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
     94917 packets input, 1638383 bytes, 0 no buffer
     Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
     0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
     102898 packets output, 2042785 bytes, 0 underruns
     0 output errors, 0 collisions, 5 interface resets
     0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out

Note:  Ping from the router lt-7507b. The ping will fail as expected, but the traffic is looped back towards router lt-7507b from the network, and the ATM debug shows the traffic going out (O) and then coming back in (I).

lt-7507b#ping 10.1.1.1

      
     Type escape sequence to abort.
     Sending 2, 100-byte ICMP Echos to 10.1.1.1, timeout is 2 seconds:
        ..
     Success rate is 0 percent (0/2)

      
     00:52:00: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x1 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     00:52:00: 4500 0064 000F 0000 FF01 B785 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 CE44 1
     21D 0009 0000
     00:52:00: 0000 002F 9DB0 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:00: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:00: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:00:
     00:52:00: ATM1/0.1(I):
     VCD:0x1 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 Type:0x0 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     00:52:00: 4500 0064 000F 0000 0101 B586 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 CE44 
     121D 0009 0000
     00:52:00: 0000 002F 9DB0 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:00: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:00: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:00: .
     00:52:02: ATM1/0.1(O):
     VCD:0x1 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 DM:0x100 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     00:52:02: 4500 0064 0010 0000 FF01 B784 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 C673 
     121E 0009 0000
     00:52:02: 0000 002F A580 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:02: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:02: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:02:
     00:52:02: ATM1/0.1(I):
     VCD:0x1 VPI:0x0 VCI:0x55 Type:0x0 SAP:AAAA CTL:03 OUI:000000 
     TYPE:0800 Length:0x70
     00:52:02: 4500 0064 0010 0000 0101 B585 0A01 0102 0A01 0101 0800 C673 
     121E 0009 0000
     00:52:02: 0000 002F A580 ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:02: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD 
     ABCD ABCD ABCD
     00:52:02: ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD ABCD
     Success rate is 0 percent (0/2)

Conclusion

Loopbacks are a useful tool to use when you are troubleshooting failed circuits. They can:

  • help you determine physical interface problems.

  • help you troubleshoot ATM service providers.

We ran the tests in this document in the usual way: pinging the other side. If you use the right mapping, or if you use a point-to-point sub-interface, the user could ping his own IP address. Therefore, the ICMP echo would definitely be sent on the interface and would be answered by the router. In other words, in a live environment, you can run the same tests without any debugging enabled. You can simply check if you can ping your own IP address and see if the test succeeds.

Related Information

Updated: Nov 21, 2007
Document ID: 6337