• Course Length:
  • 1 hour of eLearning

NOTE: While you can purchase this course on any device, currently you can only run the course on your desktop or laptop.

As the communications industry transitions to wireless and wireline converged networks to support voice, video, data and mobile services over IP networks, a solid understanding of IP and its role in inter-networking is essential. IP is to data transfer as a dial tone is to a wireline telephone. A fundamental knowledge of IPv4 and IPv6 networking along with their use for inter-networking is a must for all telecom professionals. A solid foundation in IP has become a basic job requirement in carrier networks. As the services and applications of wireless networks continue to expand, the backbone must evolve to support them. Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is designed to make the backbone fast, scalable and manageable, and capable of carrying heavy traffic, supporting QoS. This course presents a technical overview of MPLS including a discussion on the architecture of MPLS, the components of the MPLS network and the supporting protocols required for MPLS. It is a modular introductory course only on MPLS basics as part of the overall eLearning IP fundamentals curriculum.

This course is intended for anyone seeking a basic level overview of the MPLS and IP interconnecting architectures.

After completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Describe the motivation behind MPLS
• State the role of MPLS in the convergence of networks
• List key applications of MPLS
• Sketch the architecture of MPLS
• Describe the important components and operations of MPLS
• Describe how MPLS is used to set up layer 3 and layer 2 VPNs

1. Why MPLS?
1.1. Advantages of MPLS
1.2. New applications
2. MPLS Networks
2.1. MPLS domain
2.2. Label edge router
2.3. Label switch router
3. MPLS Terminology
3.1. Label Switched Paths (LSP)
3.2. Forward Equivalence Class (FEC)
3.3. Structure of a label
4. Packet Forwarding Along LSPs
4.1. Label Forwarding Information Base
4.2. Packet forwarding along LSPs
4.3. Label stacking
5. MPLS and Virtual Private Networks
5.1. VPNs support in MPLS
5.2. Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs
establishment in MPLS
5.3. Label stacking and VPNs
5.4. MPLS based L2 VPN solutions


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