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802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames
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802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

The 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames feature provides the ability to set user priority bits in the IEEE 802.1Q tagged frame to allow traffic prioritization. This capability enables a way to provide best-effort quality of service (QoS) or class of service (CoS) at Layer 2 without requiring reservation setup.

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Prerequisites for 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

The PPPoE over 802.1Q VLAN feature must be enabled.

Restrictions for 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

You cannot set different CoS levels for PPP and Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) control packets; all control packets default to a CoS level set at 0.

Information About 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

To configure the 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames feature, you should understand the following concepts:

The command can help troubleshoot 802.1P control frame marking: debug pppoe error

Benefits of 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

The 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames feature facilitates moving from ATM-based to Ethernet-based networks by supporting the ability to offer prioritized traffic services, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and other premium services.

Feature Design of 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

The IEEE 802.1P specification is an extension of the IEEE 802.1Q VLANs tagging standard and enables Layer 2 devices to prioritize traffic by using an 802.1P header that includes a three-bit user priority field. If congestion occurs when the 802.1P CoS bit is not set, PPP keepalive packets can be lost, which can result in disconnection of an established session with loss of service to the end user. Congestion caused by noncontrol packets can also prevent new sessions from being established, which also can result in denying service to the end user.

PPPoE sessions established over 802.1Q VLANs use the priority header field to provide best-effort QoS or CoS at Layer 2 without involving reservation setup. 802.1P traffic is marked and sent to the destination, and no bandwidth reservations are established.

In Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4, PPPoE sessions established over IEEE 802.1Q VLAN make use of the priority field of the IEEE 802.1p header by setting the CoS field to user priority 7.

During network congestion, when the Ethernet network and digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM) offer 802.1P support, control packets are offered a higher priority than noncontrol packets, thereby increasing the likelihood of reliable delivery. PPPoE control packets and PPP packets originating from the broadband remote access server (BRAS) are marked with user priority 0, the highest level of priority.

The following packets are tagged with user priority 0 in their 802.1P header:

  • PPPoE packets
    • PPPoE Active Discovery Offer (PADO)
    • PPPoE Active Discovery Session Confirmation (PADS)
  • PPP packets
    • Link Control Protocol (LCP)
    • Network Control Protocol (NCP) (Internet Protocol Control Protocol (IPCP))
    • Authentication
    • Keepalive

How to Configure 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

The 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames feature is enabled by default and requires no configuration.

Configuration Examples for 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

The following task explains how to change the CoS setting for PPP and PPPoE control frames over 802.1Q VLAN.

Setting 802.1P Priority Bits in 802.1Q Frames Containing PPPoE Control Packets

This task explains how to change the CoS settings for PPP and PPPoE control frames over 802.1Q VLAN.

SUMMARY STEPS

    1.    enable

    2.    configure terminal

    3.    bba-group pppoe group-name

    4.    control-packets vlan cos priority

    5.    exit

    6.    bba-group pppoe group-name

    7.    control-packets vlan cos priority

    8.    exit


DETAILED STEPS
     Command or ActionPurpose
    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 bba-group pppoe group-name


    Example:
    Router(config)# bba-group pppoe global
     

    Specifies the BBA group and enters BBA group configuration mode.

     
    Step 4 control-packets vlan cos priority


    Example:
    Router(config-bba-group)# control-packets vlan cos 5
     

    Sets the PPPoE control packets associated with the BBA group.

     
    Step 5 exit


    Example:
    Router(config-bba-group)# exit
     

    Exits BBA group configuration mode, and returns to global configuration mode.

     
    Step 6 bba-group pppoe group-name


    Example:
    Router(config)# bba-group pppoe cisco
     

    Specifies the BBA group cisco and enters BBA group configuration mode.

     
    Step 7 control-packets vlan cos priority


    Example:
    Router(config-bba-group)# control-packets vlan cos 2
     

    Sets the PPPoE control packets associated with the BBA group.

     
    Step 8 exit


    Example:
    Router(config-bba-group)# exit
     

    Exits BBA group configuration mode, and returns to global configuration mode.

     

    Additional References

    The following sections provide references related to the 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames feature.

    Related Documents

    Related Topic

    Document Title

    Broadband access aggregation concepts

    Cisco IOS XE Broadband and DSL Configuration Guide

    Broadband access commands

    Cisco IOS Broadband Access Aggregation and DSL Command Reference

    Standards

    Standard

    Title

    IEEE Standard 802.1P

    PPPoE over IEEE 802.1Q

    IEEE Standard 802.1Q

    Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks

    MIBs

    MIB

    MIBs Link

    No new or modified MIBs are supported by this feature, and support for existing MIBs has not been modified by this feature.

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    http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​mibs

    RFCs

    RFC

    Title

    RFC 2516

    PPP over Ethernet

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    Feature Information for 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

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    Table 1 Feature Information for 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

    Feature Name

    Releases

    Feature Information

    802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames

    Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4

    The 802.1P CoS Bit Set for PPP and PPPoE Control Frames feature provides the ability to set user priority bits in the IEEE 802.1Q tagged frame to allow traffic prioritization. This capability enables a way to provide best-effort QoS or CoS at Layer 2 without requiring reservation setup.

    In Cisco IOS XE Release 2.4, this feature was introduced.

    The following command was introduced: control-packets vlan cos.