Access Node Control Protocol Configuration Guide, Cisco IOS XE Release 3S (Cisco ASR 1000)
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Access Node Control Protocol

Access Node Control Protocol

Last Updated: July 27, 2012

The Access Node Control Protocol (ANCP) feature enhances communication between Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers (DSLAMs) and a broadband remote access server (BRAS), enabling the exchange of events, actions, and information requests between the multiplexer end and the server end. As a result, either end can implement appropriate actions.

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Prerequisites for Access Node Control Protocol

To run ANCP over Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), IP must be enabled on broadband remote access servers (BRAS). Interactions from RADIUS to the BRAS are not required for ANCP and are dependent on the RADIUS server.

For information about release and platform support, see the Feature Information for Access Node Control Protocol.

Restrictions for Access Node Control Protocol

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4 supports interactions with the RADIUS server from the broadband remote access server (BRAS). Interactions from RADIUS to the BRAS are not required for ANCP and are dependent on the RADIUS server.

Information About Access Node Control Protocol

ANCP is used to aggregate traffic from multiple subscribers and deliver information for any application, while remaining independent from the application. ANCP is currently used in the application between DSLAMs and the broadband remote access server in a digital subscriber line (DSL) broadband environment.

The ANCP feature enables close communication between DSL aggregation multiplexers (DSLAMs) and network edge devices. Using ANCP between DSLAMs and a BRAS enables exchange of events, actions, and information requests so that the appropriate actions occur at the DSLAM and BRAS.

The ANCP architecture supports the following uses of ANCP:

Rate Adaptive Mode

Rate adaptive mode helps to maximize the line bit rate for a given line, and the rate is dependent on the quality of the signal achieved on the line. Rate adaptive mode conveys DSL modem line rate from a DSLAM to a broadband remote access server.

A BRAS running ANCP listens for TCP requests from its ANCP neighbors (DSLAMs).

  • After a TCP session is established--ANCP begins exchanging messages to establish adjacency between the BRAS and its neighbors.
  • After adjacency is established--ANCP event messages can be sent from the DSLAM to the BRAS.

Rate adaptive DSL uses signal quality to adjust line speeds. A BRAS typically sets the subscriber interfaces to the maximum bandwidth agreed to in the service license agreement (SLA).

When customer premises equipment (CPE) is synchronized to a data rate that is lower than the line speed, cell or packet loss occurs on the DSLAM. To prevent this, the DSLAM can use ANCP to notify the BRAS of newly adjusted circuit rates.

When a customer-facing port:

  • Activates -- The DSLAM sends a Port Up message to the BRAS. The appropriate quality of service (QoS) takes effect in accordance with the ANCP-delivered information.
  • Deactivates -- The DSLAM sends a Port Down message to the BRAS. ANCP reports the DSL state sent by the DSLAM, which is typically Silent or Idle. If the broadband remote access server receives another Port Up message, the subscriber sessions either time out or are renewed with a new shaping rate. The shaping rate on the interface does not change until the router receives a new Port Up message.

RADIUS Interaction

Interactions between the broadband remote access server and the RADIUS server are from the router to RADIUS.

The BRAS sends the following attributes and attribute-value pairs (AVPs) to the RADIUS server:

ANCP Line Rates

Upstream Data Rate

Downstream Data Rate

Output Policy Name

VSA 39

Attribute 197, Ascend-Data-Rate

Attribute 255, Ascend-Xmit-Rate

Attribute 77, Connect-Speed-Info

Attribute Type 38, Rx Connect Speed AVP

Attribute Type 24, Tx Connect Speed AVP

The BRAS uses Point-to-Point Protocol (PPPoE) to interact with the authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) module. RADIUS processes the information and then takes appropriate action.

Port Mapping

Port mapping associates customer premises equipment (CPE) clients of a DSLAM with VLAN subinterfaces on the BRAS. The VLANs include 802.1Q or queue-in-queue (Q-in-Q) hierarchical VLANs. Port mapping is configured in global configuration mode on the BRAS by grouping CPE client IDs with a specific DSLAM neighbor.

There are two methods you can use to map ports: configure all VLAN subinterfaces first, and the ANCP neighbor mappings next. Or, you can configure the mappings directly under the interface.

For example, the following commands configure port mapping for Q-in-Q VLAN subinterfaces:

ancp neighbor name 
dslam-name 
id 
dslam-id
dot1q
 
outer-vlanid
 second-dot1q
 
inner-vlanid
 [interface
 
type number
] client-id
 "
client-id
"

or

ancp neighbor name 
dslam-name 
id
 dslam-id
dot1q
 
outer-vlanid
 client-id
 "
client-id
"

The client-idis a unique access-loop-circuit-id that the DSLAM sends to the BRAS for each unique port. The DSLAM sends this ID in the ANCP Port Up event message. The access-loop-circuit-id uses a defined format consisting of an access node identifier and digital subscriber line (DSL) information as mentioned below:

ATM/DSL

" access-node-identifier atm slot/module/port . subinterface : vpi . vci "

Ethernet/DSL

" access-node-identifier ethernet slot / module / port . subinterface [: vlan-id]"

The BRAS sets the default state as Down, on all ports of the router, until the DSLAM sends a Port Up message.

Noninteractive Operation Administration and Maintenance

ANCP provides an out-of-band control channel for performing noninteractive operation, administration, and maintenance (OAM) operations from the broadband remote access server. This channel enables router operators to view the ANCP port state of specific DSLAM ports. ANCP port state information is stored in the ANCP dynamic database on the BRAS.

Interactive OAM

The Interactive OAM and Scaling Improvements feature adds on-demand ping capability to ANCP for operations and troubleshooting.


Note


This feature is enabled by default and requires no configuration.

General Switch Management Protocol and ANCP

ANCP is an extension of the General Switch Management Protocol (GSMP). GSMP defines a master-slave neighbor relationship in which the master initiates a connection to a slave. In ANCP, this master-slave relationship is reversed--the BRAS (master) listens and accepts incoming ANCP connections from the DSLAM (slave). The DSLAM uses event messages to communicate asynchronous events to the BRAS, such as topology changes and Port Down or Port Up events.

GSMP connectivity between the BRAS and the DSLAM occurs over TCP/IP (RFC 3293). The DSLAM initiates the connection to the router and the router accepts the connection if the appropriate interface is ANCP enabled.

The GSMP Adjacency Protocol establishes GSMP neighbor relationships.

  1. During the adjacency-building:
    1. The DSLAM and router negotiate their capabilities and determine the synchronization state between the two ends.
    2. GSMP detects whether the router and the DSLAM have retained a local information database state in case of a transport failure, or whether both devices require a state update.
    3. If GSMP determines that it must resynchronize the adjacency, it restarts the adjacency synchronization process, which includes the capability negotiation defined in the ANCP extension draft available at:

http://tools.ietf.org/id/draft-wadhwa-gsmp-l2control-configuration-02.txt

  1. In an ANCP, if a neighbor (neighbor1) contains capabilities that its neighbor (neighbor2) does not support, neighbor1 turns off the capabilities and recommunicates the packets to neighbor2 with the same set of capabilities as neighbor2.
  2. After both the neighbors agree to the same set of capabilities, adjacency is established.

How to Configure Access Node Control Protocol

To configure ANCP, perform the following global or interface configuration tasks:

Enabling ANCP on an Ethernet Interface

Perform this task to enable ANCP on an Ethernet interface.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    ancp adjacency timer interval

4.    interface type number

5.    ip address address mask

6.    ancp enable

7.    interface type number . subinterface

8.    encapsulation dot1q vlanid [second-dot1q second-vlanid]

9.    exit


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
ancp adjacency timer interval


Example:

Router(config)# ancp adjacency timer 100

 

Sets the ANCP adjacency timer interval, which specifies the amount of time to wait before sending an ANCP hello packet to the DSLAM.

 
Step 4
interface type number


Example:

Router(config)# interface FastEthernet1/0/0

 

Enters interface configuration mode to define an interface.

 
Step 5
ip address address mask


Example:

Router(config-if)# ip address 10.16.1.2 255.255.0.0

 

Assigns an IP address and subnet mask to the interface.

 
Step 6
ancp enable


Example:

Router(config-if)# ancp enable

 

Enables ANCP on the interface where IP is configured.

 
Step 7
interface type number . subinterface


Example:

Router(config-if)# interface FastEthernet1/0/0.1

 

Enters subinterface configuration mode to define a subinterface.

 
Step 8
encapsulation dot1q vlanid [second-dot1q second-vlanid]


Example:

Router(config-subif)# encapsulation dot1q 100 second-dot1q 200

 

Enables dot1q VLAN encapsulation on the subinterface for a single-queue 802.1Q VLAN or for Q-in-Q hierarchical VLANs.

 
Step 9
exit


Example:

Router(config-subif)# exit

 

Exits subinterface configuration mode.

 

Enabling ANCP on an ATM Interface

The ancp enable command should be configured only for the control VCs on which the ANCP message is sent from the DSLAM. Perform this task to enable ANCP on ATM interfaces.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    ancp adjacency timer interval

4.    interface atm slot / subslot / port . subinterface

5.    ip address ip-address mask

6.    pvc vpi / vci

7.    ancp enable

8.    exit


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
ancp adjacency timer interval


Example:

Router(config)# ancp adjacency timer 100

 

Sets the ANCP adjacency timer interval, which specifies the amount of time to wait before sending an ANCP hello packet to the DSLAM.

 
Step 4
interface atm slot / subslot / port . subinterface


Example:

Router(config)# interface atm 2/0/1.1

 

Enters subinterface configuration mode to define a subinterface.

 
Step 5
ip address ip-address mask


Example:

Router(config-subif)# ip address 10.16.1.2 255.255.0.0

 

Assigns an IP address and subnet mask to the subinterface.

 
Step 6
pvc vpi / vci


Example:

Router(config-subif)# pvc 2/100

 

Enters ATM virtual circuit configuration mode to enable an ANCP connection over ATM PVC.

 
Step 7
ancp enable


Example:

Router(config-if-atm-vc)# ancp enable

 

Enables ANCP on the interface where IP is configured.

 
Step 8
exit


Example:

Router(config-if-atm-vc)# exit

 

Exits ATM virtual circuit configuration mode.

 

Mapping DSLAM Ports to VLAN Interfaces on Broadband Remote Access Servers

Perform this task to map DSLAM ports to VLAN interfaces on the BRAS.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    ancp atm shaper percent-factor factor

4.    interface type number.subinterface

5.    encapsulation dot1q vlan-id

6.    ancp neighbor name dslam-name [id dslam-id] client-id client-id

7.    exit


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
ancp atm shaper percent-factor factor


Example:

Router(config)# ancp shaper percent-factor 95

 

Enables ANCP cell tax accounting for ATM U-interface connections

 
Step 4
interface type number.subinterface


Example:

Router(config)# interface FastEthernet0/0.1

 

Enters interface configuration mode for the specified subinterface.

 
Step 5
encapsulation dot1q vlan-id


Example:

Router(config-subif)# encapsulation dot1q 411

 

Enables IEEE 802.1Q encapsulation of traffic on a specified VLAN.

 
Step 6
ancp neighbor name dslam-name [id dslam-id] client-id client-id


Example:

Router(config-subif)# ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 1.2.3.4 client-id "1.2.3.4. eth 0/0.1"

 

Specifies the ANCP access DSLAM to which VLAN subinterfaces are mapped.

 
Step 7
exit


Example:

Router(config-subif)# exit

 

Exits subinterface configuration mode.

 

Mapping DSLAM Ports to PVC Interfaces on Broadband Remote Access Servers

The ancp neighbor name command is available under pvc and pvc-in-range command modes. This command creates a one-to-one mapping between a PVC and a DSLAM port. Perform this task to map DSLAM ports to PVC interfaces on the BRAS.

SUMMARY STEPS

1.    enable

2.    configure terminal

3.    ancp atm shaper percent-factor factor

4.    interface atm slot / subslot / port . subinterface

5.   Do one of the following:

  • pvc vpi / vci
  • range pvc start-vpi / start-vci end-vpi / end-vci

6.    pvc-in-range vpi / vci

7.    ancp neighbor name dslam-name [id dslam-id] client-id client-id

8.    end


DETAILED STEPS
  Command or Action Purpose
Step 1
enable


Example:

Router> enable

 

Enables privileged EXEC mode.

  • Enter your password if prompted.
 
Step 2
configure terminal


Example:

Router# configure terminal

 

Enters global configuration mode.

 
Step 3
ancp atm shaper percent-factor factor


Example:

Router(config)# ancp shaper percent-factor 95

 

Enables ANCP cell tax accounting for ATM U-interface connections.

 
Step 4
interface atm slot / subslot / port . subinterface


Example:

Router(config)# interface atm 2/0/1.1

 

Enters interface configuration mode for the specified ATM subinterface.

 
Step 5
Do one of the following:
  • pvc vpi / vci
  • range pvc start-vpi / start-vci end-vpi / end-vci


Example:

Router(config-subif)# pvc 1/101



Example:



Example:

Router(config-subif)# range pvc 9/100 9/102

 

Creates a one-to-one mapping between a PVC and DSLAM port and enters ATM virtual circuit configuration mode.

or

Defines a range of ATM PVCs and enters PVC range configuration mode.

  • If a range of ATM PVCs are defined, use the pvc-in-range command to configure an individual PVC.
 
Step 6
pvc-in-range vpi / vci


Example:

Router(config-if-atm-range-pvc)# pvc-in-range 9/100

 

(Optional) Configures an individual PVC within a range in PVC range configuration mode.

 
Step 7
ancp neighbor name dslam-name [id dslam-id] client-id client-id


Example:

Router(config-if-atm-range-pvc)# ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 1.2.3.4 client-id "1.2.3.4. atm0/0.1"

 

Specifies the ANCP access DSLAM to which PVC subinterfaces are mapped.

  • This command is available under PVC range and ATM virtual circuit configuration modes.
 
Step 8
end


Example:

Router(config-if-atm-range-pvc)# end

 

Exits PVC range configuration mode.

 

Configuration Examples for Access Node Control Protocol

Enabling Access Node Control Protocol on Ethernet Interfaces Example

The following example shows how to enable ANCP on Ethernet subinterface 2/0/1.

interface GigabitEthernet 2/0/1
 ip address 192.168.64.16 255.255.255.0
 ancp enable
!
interface GigabitEthernet 2/0/1.1
 encapsulation dot1q 100 second-dot1q 200
!
ancp adjacency timer 100

Enabling Access Node Control Protocol on ATM Interfaces Example

The following example shows how to enable ANCP on ATM subinterface 2/0/1.1.

interface ATM2/0/0.1 point-to-point
 description ANCP Link to one DSLAM
 no ip mroute-cache
 ip address 192.168.0.2 255.255.255.252
 pvc 254/32
   protocol ip 192.168.0.1
   ancp enable
   no snmp trap link-status

Mapping DSLAM Ports to VLAN Interfaces on the BRAS Example

The following example shows how to map the CPE client ports of a DSLAM to Q-in-Q VLAN subinterfaces on the BRAS. In the example, the DSLAM neighbor named dslam1 with an IP address of 192.68.10.5 has a CPE client port mapped to Q-in-Q VLANs 100 and 200 configured on Ethernet interface 1/0/0.2. Another CPE client port is mapped to Q-in-Q VLANs 100 and 100 configured on Ethernet interface 1/0/0.1.

interface GigabitEthernet1/0/0.1
 encapsulation dot1q 100 second-dot1q 100 
 ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5 client-id "192.168.10.5 ethernet1/0/0.2"
!
interface GigabitEthernet1/0/0.2
 encapsulation dot1q 100 second-dot1q 200
 ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5 client-id "192.168.10.5 ethernet1/0/0.1"
!
ancp atm shaper percent-factor 95
!

The example shown above maps the ports directly at the subinterface level. You can also configure all VLAN subinterfaces first, and perform the mappings under ANCP neighbor next, as shown in the following example:

interface GigabitEthernet1/0/0.1
 encapsulation dot1q 100 second-dot1q 100
!
interface GigabitEthernet1/0/0.2
 encapsulation dot1q 100 second-dot1q 200
!
ancp atm shaper percent-factor 95
!
ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5
 dot1q 100 second-dot1q 100 interface GigabitEthernet1/0/0.1 client-id "192.168.10.5  ethernet1/0/0.2"
!
ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5
 dot1q 100 second-dot1q 200 interface GigabitEthernet1/0/0.2 client-id "192.168.10.5 ethernet1/0/0.2"

Mapping DSLAM Ports to PVC Interfaces on the BRAS Example

The ancp neighbor name command maps the CPE client ports of a DSLAM to PVC interfaces on the BRAS. This command can be configured either globally or under PVC/PVC-in-Range mode.

In PVC or PVC-in-Range Configuration Mode

In this example, the router interfaces with one DSLAM which has two ports or clients.

interface ATM2/0/0.1 point-to-point
  description ANCP Link to one DSLAM
  no ip mroute-cache
  ip address 192.168.0.2 255.255.255.252      
  pvc 254/32
     protocol ip 192.168.0.1 255.255.255.252
     ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5 client-id "dslam-port-x-identifier"
        no snmp trap link-status
      !
interface ATM1/0/0.1 multipoint
  description TDSL clients - default TDSL 1024
  class-int speed:ubr:1184:160:10
  range pvc 10/41 10/160
    service-policy input SET-PRECEDENCE-0
    service-policy output premium-plus:l2c:25088
    pvc-in-range 10/103
      description TDSL client 16 Mbps with ANCP
      class-vc speed:ubr:17696:1184:05
      ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5 client-id "dslam-port-x-identifier"
       !
  range pvc 11/41 11/160
    service-policy input SET-PRECEDENCE-0
    service-policy output premium-plus:l2c:25088
    pvc-in-range 11/108
      description TDSL client 16 Mbps with ANCP
      class-vc speed:ubr:17696:1184:05
      ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5 client-id "dslam-port-y-identifier"
        !

In Global Configuration Mode

When the ancp neighbor command is configured globally, the PVC information for the ATM interface must also be specified, as shown in the following example:

interface ATM1/0/0.1 multipoint
 description TDSL clients - default TDSL 1024
 class-int speed:ubr:1184:160:10
 range pvc 10/41 10/160
   service-policy input SET-PRECEDENCE-0
   service-policy output premium-plus:l2c:25088
   pvc-in-range 10/103
     description TDSL client 16 Mbps with ANCP
     class-vc speed:ubr:17696:1184:05
!
 range pvc 11/41 11/160
   service-policy input SET-PRECEDENCE-0
   service-policy output premium-plus:l2c:25088
   pvc-in-range 11/108
     description TDSL client 16 Mbps with ANCP
     class-vc speed:ubr:17696:1184:05
!
ancp neighbor name dslam1 id 192.168.10.5
 atm 10/103 interface ATM1/0/0.1 client-id "dslam-port-x-identifier"
 atm 11/108 interface ATM1/0/0.1 client-id "dslam-port-y-identifier"

Additional References

Related Documents

Related Topic

Document Title

Cisco IOS commands

Cisco IOS Master Commands List, All Releases

ANCP Commands

Cisco IOS Access Node Control Protocol Command Reference

IEEE 802.1Q VLAN

Configuring Routing Between VLANs with IEEE 802.1Q Encapsulation

Queue-in-Queue VLAN Tags

IEEE 802.1Q-in-Q VLAN Tag Termination

RFCs

RFC

Title

ANCP extension draft

http://tools.ietf.org/id/draft-wadhwa-gsmp-l2control-configuration-02.txt GSMP Extensions for Access Node Control Mechanism, Internet draft

RFC 3292

General Switch Management Protocol (GSMP) V3

RFC 3293

General Switch Management Protocol (GSMP), Packet Encapsulations for Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Ethernet and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

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Feature Information for Access Node Control Protocol

The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

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Table 1 Feature Information for Access Node Control Protocol

Feature Name

Releases

Feature Information

Access Node Control Protocol

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4

In Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4, this feature was introduced on the Cisco ASR 1000.

The following command was introduced: ancp vdsl ethernet shaper.

Interactive OAM and Scaling Improvements

Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4

The Interactive OAM and Scaling Improvements feature adds on demand ping capability to ANCP for operations and troubleshooting.

In Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4, this feature was introduced on the Cisco ASR 1000.

The following commands were introduced or modified: ping ancp, show ancp neighbor port, show ancp port, show ancp session, show ancp session adjacency, show ancp session event, and show ancp statistics.

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