This section defines important terms used throughout this guide.
A context is a logical grouping or mapping of configuration parameters that pertain to various physical ports, logical IP interfaces, and services. A context can be thought of as a virtual private network (VPN).
The system supports the configuration of multiple contexts. Each context is configured and operates independently of the others. Once a context has been created, administrative users can configure services, logical IP interfaces, and subscribers for that context and then bind the logical interfaces to physical ports.
You can also assign a domain alias to a context; if a subscriber's domain name matches one of the configured alias names for a context, that context is used.
You must associate a port with a StarOS virtual circuit or tunnel called a logical interface before the port can allow the flow of user data.Within StarOS, a logical interface is a named interface associated with a virtual router instance that provides higher-layer protocol transport, such as Layer 3 IP addressing. Interfaces are configured as part of VPN contexts and are independent from the physical ports that will be used to bridge the virtual interfaces to the network.
Logical interfaces are associated with ethernet+ppp+tunnel addresses and are bound to a specific port during the configuration process. Logical interfaces are also associated with services through bindings. Services are bound to an IP address that is configured for a particular logical interface. When associated, the interface takes on the characteristics of the functions enabled by the service.
There are several types of logical interfaces to configure to support Simple and Mobile IP data applications. These are briefly defined below.
This interface provides the point of attachment to the management network. The interface supports remote access to the StarOS command line interface (CLI). It also supports event notification via the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
A binding is an association between elements within the system. There are two types of bindings: static and dynamic.
A specific logical interface (configured within a particular context) to a physical port. Once the interface is bound, traffic can flow through the context as if it were any physically-defined circuit. Static bindings support any encapsulation method over any interface and port type.
A service to an IP address assigned to a logical interface within the same context. This allows the interface to take on the characteristics (that is, support the protocols) required by the service.
Dynamic binding associates a subscriber to a specific egress context based on the configuration of their profile or system parameters. This provides a higher degree of deployment flexibility, as it allows a wireless carrier to support multiple services and facilitates seamless connections to multiple networks.
Management ports can only be bound in the local context. Traffic or subscriber ports can only be bound in a non-local context.
Configure services within a context to enable certain functionality. The following are examples of services you can configure on the system, subject to licensing availability and platform type:
Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) services
Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) Services
Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) services
Home Agent (HA) services
Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Access Concentrator (LAC) services
Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) services
Mobility Management Entity (MME) Services
PDN Gateway (P-GW) Services
Serving Gateway (S-GW) Services
Intelligent Policy Control Function (IPCF) Services (PCC-Service, PCC-Policy, PCC-AF)
Authentication, Authorization and Accounting (AAA) servers store profiles, perform authentication, and maintain accounting records for each mobile data subscriber. The AAA servers communicate with the system over an AAA interface. The system supports the configuration of up to 128 interfaces to AAA servers.
It is important to note that for Mobile IP, there can be Foreign AAA (FAAA) and Home AAA (HAAA) servers. FAAA servers typically reside in the carrier's network. HAAA servers could be owned and controlled by either the carrier or the home network. If the HAAA server is owned and controlled by the home network, accounting data is transferred to the carrier via an AAA proxy server.
Mobile IP support depends on the availability and purchase of a standalone license or a license bundle that includes Home Agent (HA).
Subscribers are the end-users of the service; they gain access to the Internet, their home network, or a public network through the system.
RADIUS-based Subscribers: The most common type of subscriber, these users are identified by their International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number, an Electronic Serial Number (ESN), or by their domain name or user name. They are configured on and authenticated by a RADIUS AAA server.
Upon successful authentication, various attributes that are contained in the subscriber profile are returned. The attributes dictate such things as session parameter settings (for example, protocol settings and IP address assignment method), and what privileges the subscriber has.
Attribute settings received by the system from a RADIUS AAA server take precedence over local-subscriber attributes and parameters configured on the system.
Local Subscribers: These are subscribers, primarily used for testing purposes, that are configured and authenticated within a specific context. Unlike RADIUS-based subscribers, the local subscriber's user profile (containing attributes like those used by RADIUS-based subscribers) is configured within the context where they are created.
When local subscriber profiles are first created, attributes for that subscriber are set to the system's default settings. The same default settings are applied to all subscriber profiles, including the subscriber named default which is created automatically by the system for each system context. When configuring local profile attributes, the changes are made on a subscriber-by-subscriber basis.
Attributes configured for local subscribers take precedence over context-level parameters. However, they could be over-ridden by attributes returned from a RADIUS AAA server.
Management Subscribers: A management user is an authorized user who can monitor, control, and configure the system through the CLI. Management is performed either locally, through the system Console port, or remotely through the use of the Telnet or secure shell (SSH) protocols. Management users are typically configured as a local subscriber within the Local context, which is used exclusively for system management and administration. As with a local subscriber, a management subscriber's user profile is configured within the context where the subscriber was created (in this case, the Local context). However, management subscribers may also be authenticated remotely via RADIUS, if an AAA configuration exists within the local context, or TACACS+.