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Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) Bridging Control Protocol (BCP)
RFC 3518

Document type: RFC - Proposed Standard (April 2003)
Obsoletes RFC 2878
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IESG State: RFC 3518 (Proposed Standard)
Responsible AD: Thomas Narten
IESG Note: Published as RFC 3518
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Network Working Group                                     M. Higashiyama
Request for Comments: 3518                                       Anritsu
Obsoletes: 2878                                                 F. Baker
Category: Standards Track                                        T. Liao
                                                           Cisco Systems
                                                              April 2003

     Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) Bridging Control Protocol (BCP)

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   The Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) provides a standard method for
   transporting multi-protocol datagrams over point-to-point links.  PPP
   defines an extensible Link Control Protocol (LCP) and proposes a
   family of Network Control Protocols (NCP) for establishing and
   configuring different network-layer protocols.

   This document defines the NCP for establishing and configuring Remote
   Bridging for PPP links.

   This document obsoletes RFC 2878, which was based on the IEEE
   802.1D-1993 MAC Bridge.  This document extends that specification by
   improving support for bridge control packets.

Table of Contents

   1.  Historical Perspective ................................    2
       1.1  Requirements Keywords ............................    3
   2.  Methods of Bridging ...................................    3
       2.1  Transparent Bridging .............................    3
       2.2  Remote Transparent Bridging ......................    4
       2.3  Source Routing ...................................    5
       2.4  Remote Source Route Bridging .....................    6
       2.5  SR-TB Translational Bridging .....................    7
   3.  Traffic Services ......................................    7

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       3.1  LAN Frame Checksum Preservation ..................    7
       3.2  Traffic having no LAN Frame Checksum .............    7
       3.3  Tinygram Compression .............................    8
       3.4  Virtual LANs .....................................    8
       3.5  Bridge Control Packet Indicator ..................    9
   4.  A PPP Network Control Protocol for Bridging ...........   10
       4.1   Sending Bridge Frames ...........................   11
            4.1.1  Maximum Receive Unit Considerations .......   11
            4.1.2  Loopback and Link Quality Monitoring ......   11
            4.1.3  Message Sequence ..........................   11
            4.1.4  Separation of Spanning Tree Domains .......   12
       4.2  Bridged LAN Traffic in IEEE 802 Untagged Frame ...   13
       4.3  Bridged LAN Traffic in IEEE 802 Tagged Frame .....   17
       4.4  Bridge management protocol data unit .............   21
   5.  BCP Configuration Options .............................   22
       5.1  Bridge-Identification ............................   22
       5.2  Line-Identification ..............................   24
       5.3  MAC-Support ......................................   25
       5.4  Tinygram-Compression .............................   26
       5.5  MAC-Address ......................................   27
       5.6  Spanning Tree Protocol (old formatted) ...........   28
       5.7  IEEE-802-Tagged-Frame ............................   30
       5.8  Management-Inline ................................   31
       5.9  Bridge-Control-Packet-Indicator ..................   32
   6.  Changes From RFC 2878 .................................   33
   7.  Security Considerations ...............................   33
   8.  Intellectual Property Notice ..........................   33
   9.  IANA Considerations ...................................   34
   10. Acknowledgments .......................................   34
   Appendices ................................................   35
      A.     Spanning Tree Bridge PDU (old formatted) ........   35
      B.     Tinygram-Compression Pseudo-Code ................   36
   References ............................. ..................   38
   Authors' Addresses ........................................   39
   Full Copyright Statement...................................   40

1.  Historical Perspective

   Two basic algorithms are ambient in the industry for Bridging of

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