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ALPS P1024B Protocol Networking

 

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Data Sheet

Network Consolidation Reduces Costs

Cisco IOS Software Provides Enhanced Network Services

P1024B Support Benefits

P1024B Support Product Components


Data Sheet


ALPS P1024B Protocol Networking

With Airline Product Set (ALPS) P1024B protocol networking, Cisco provides support for tunneling ALC (P1024B) protocol traffic on properly configured Cisco 2500, 3600, 4500, and 4700 series router serial interfaces. ALC support is added to the Cisco IOS software as part of the Plus feature package. ALC tunneling allows customers to transport the six-bit traffic from agent set control units (ASCUs) at remote locations across a TCP/IP network to central-site routers, where the traffic is converted to Airline X.25 (AX.25) or Extended Mixed Traffic over X.25 (EMTOX) and passed to the TPF host, as shown in Figure 1.

Network Consolidation Reduces Costs

Maintaining separate networks for TPF, SNA, and TCP/IP implies overhead in costs and complexity if users have to access applications using more than one protocol. P1024B protocol networking eliminates the need for a separate network for TPF by incorporating that traffic into the TCP/IP network. Furthermore, SNA traffic can be consolidated into a TCP/IP network, using technologies such as data-link switching (DLSw). With a single TCP/IP network, cost savings can be realized in line costs, management, and a reduction in customized software and hardware.

Cisco IOS Software Provides Enhanced Network Services

By incorporating P1024B support into the Cisco IOS software, users gain value from the network services provided. As TCP/IP messages, the ALC traffic can take advantage of security features such as encapsulation, firewall protection, and authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA). Using weighted fair queuing (WFQ) or custom queuing, ALC traffic can be prioritized to meet response time criteria.

Figure 1 Airline Network Using P1024B Tunneling

P1024B Support Benefits

Table 1 summarizes P1024B support features and their benefits.
Table 1 P1024B Feature/Benefit Summary
Features
Benefit
Encapsulate P1024B in TCP/IP

A TCP/IP infrastructure for all enterprise traffic

Support ALC devices and ASCUs and existing host applications without modification

Investment protection, less training costs, faster network implementation

Use properly configured standard synchronous serial interfaces on the Cisco 2500, 3600, 4500, and 4700 router

Standard hardware and software, rather than customized, proprietary solutions

Support point-to-point and multidrop configurations

Network design flexibility

Security and quality of service features of the Cisco IOS software

Enhanced network services that enable new services and end users


P1024B Support Product Components

Table 2 itemizes the platforms and feature sets that support remote P1024B tunneling.
Table 2 Remote P1024B Tunneling Support
Router Platform
Feature Set
Image Name
Cisco 2520, 2521, 2522, 2523

IP Plus

c2500-is-1

IP Plus 40

c2500-is40-a

IP Plus 56

c2500-is56-a

Enterprise Plus

c2500-js-1

Enterprise Plus 40

c2500-js40-1

Enterprise Plus 56

c2500-js56-1

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c2500-ajs-1

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2500-ajs40-a

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2500-ajs56-a

Cisco 2600

IP Plus

c2600-is-mz

IP Plus 40

c2600-is40-mz

IP Plus 56

c2600-is56-mz

IP Plus IPsec 56

c2600-is56I-mz

Enterprise Plus

c2600-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c2600-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c2600-js56-mz

Enterprise Plus IPsec 56

c2600-js56I-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c2600-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2600-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2600-ajs56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus IPsec 56

c2600-ajs56I-mz

Cisco 3620

Enterprise Plus

c3620-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c3620-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c3620-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c3620-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c3620-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c3620-ajs56-mz

Cisco 3640

Enterprise Plus

c3640-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c3640-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c3640-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c3640-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c3640-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c3640-ajs56-mz

Cisco 4500,4700

Enterprise Plus

c4500-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c4500-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c4500-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c4500-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c4500-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c4500-ajs56-mz


Table 3 itemizes the platforms and feature sets that support data center P1024B tunneling and conversion to AX.25 or EMTOX.
Table 3 Data Center P1024B Tunneling and Conversion to AX.25 or EMTOX Support
Router Platform
Feature Set
Image Name
Cisco 2500—any platform

IP Plus

c2500-is-1

IP Plus 40

c2500-is40-a

IP Plus 56

c2500-is56-a

Enterprise Plus

c2500-js-1

Enterprise Plus 40

2500-js40-1

Enterprise Plus 56

2500-js56-1

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c2500-ajs-1

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2500-ajs40-a

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2500-ajs56-a

Cisco 2600

IP Plus

c2600-is-mz

IP Plus 40

c2600-is40-mz

IP Plus 56

c2600-is56-mz

IP Plus IPsec 56

c2600-is56I-mz

Enterprise Plus

c2600-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c2600-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c2600-js56-mz

Enterprise Plus IPsec 56

c2600-js56I-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c2600-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c2600-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c2600-ajs56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus IPsec 56

c2600-ajs56I-mz

Cisco 3620

Enterprise Plus

c3620-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c3620-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c3620-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c3620-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c3620-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c3620-ajs56-mz

Cisco 3640

Enterprise Plus

c3640-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c3640-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c3640-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c3640-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c3640-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c3640-ajs56-mz

Cisco 4500, 4700

Enterprise Plus

c4500-js-mz

Enterprise Plus 40

c4500-js40-mz

Enterprise Plus 56

c4500-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus

c4500-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 40

c4500-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN Plus 56

c4500-ajs56-mz

Cisco 7200

Desktop/IBM

c7200-ds-mz

Desktop/IBM 40

c7200-ds40-mz

Desktop/IBM 56

c7200-ds56-mz

Enterprise

c7200-js-mz

Enterprise 40

c7200-js40-mz

Enterprise 56

c7200-js56-mz

Enterprise/APPN

c7200-ajs-mz

Enterprise/APPN 40

c7200-ajs40-mz

Enterprise/APPN 56

c7200-ajs56-mz

Cisco 7500

Desktop/IBM

rsp-dsv-mz

Desktop/IBM 40

rsp-dsv40-mz

Desktop/IBM 56

rsp-dsv56-mz

Enterprise

rsp-jsv-mz

Enterprise 40

rsp-jsv40-mz

Enterprise 56

rsp-jsv56-mz

Enterprise/APPN

rsp-ajsv-mz

Enterprise/APPN 40

rsp-ajsv40-mz

Enterprise/APPN 56

rsp-ajsv56-mz