Jul 18

Back-to-back Frame Relay

Posted by Alex Juncu

This is the simplest use of a Frame Relay encapsulation and it’s between two routers, without a Frame Relay Switch. PPP or HDLC would make more sense to use in these types of links, but it is useful in labs.

In a back-to-back scenario is important to remember what the FR Switch should be doing: being the DCE and sending the keepalives to maintain the layer 2 link to the client router. Because of the fact that no FR Switch is present, the lack of keepalives being sent must be ignored using the “no keepalive” command. Also, Inverse ARP won’t work, so manual IP-DLCI mapping will be needed.

The FR Switch should be the one doing swapping of DLCIs on the network so the frames arrive at their destination with the correctly mapped DLCIs. In this case, we will need to have the same DLCI set in the manual mapping so the routers match entries in the mappings.

The topology:



R1(config)#int s0/1
R1(config-if)#no shut
R1(config-if)#clock rate 128000
R1(config-if)#ip address
R1(config-if)#encapsulation frame-relay
R1(config-if)#frame-relay map ip 42
R1(config-if)#no keepalive

R2(config)#int s0/1
R2(config-if)#no shut
R2(config-if)#clock rate 128000
R2(config-if)#ip address
R2(config-if)#encapsulation frame-relay
R2(config-if)#frame-relay map ip 42
R2(config-if)#no keepalive

Running configurations:


interface Serial0/1
ip address
encapsulation frame-relay
no keepalive
clockrate 128000
frame-relay map ip 42


interface Serial0/1
ip address
encapsulation frame-relay
no keepalive
frame-relay map ip 42

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