A common question that I get from students in class is what are the options to resolve spoke to spoke reachability in a Frame-Relay network. Below are your “standard” choices in order of preference:
1) Use point-to-point subinterfaces on the spokes. This option is preferred as all IP addresses on the subnet will automatically be mapped to the DLCI that is bound to the subinterface.
2) Multipoint interfaces (physical or multipoint subinterfaces) on the spokes with Frame-Relay mappings pointing to the hub’s DLCI to reach the other spokes.
3) Multipoint interfaces on the spokes along with using the OSPF point-to-multipoint network type on all routers on the subnet. Each end point will advertise out a /32 and this advertisement will be relayed to the other spokes by the hub. This is exactly what the OSPF point-to-multipoint network type was designed for (full layer 3 reachability in a network that doesn’t have full layer 2 connectivity.
4) Use PPP over Frame-Relay (PPPoFR). By using PPPoFR IP will now be running over PPP and not directly over Frame-Relay. This means that IP sees everything as point-to-point links and no layer 3 to layer 2 mappings are needed.
5) Static /32 routes on the spokes point to the hub to reach the other spokes. Not a pretty solution but it will resolve the reachability issue.
About Brian Dennis, CCIE #2210:
Brian Dennis has been in the networking industry for more than 22 years, with a focus on Cisco networking for the past 16 years. Brian achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching in 1996, and is currently the only ten year CCIE that holds five CCIE certifications. Prior to working with INE, Brian taught and developed CCIE preparation courses for various well known training organizations. Brian not only brings his years of teaching experience to the classroom, but also years of real world enterprise and service provider experience.
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