Extending a MAE connection ...

Erik Sherk sherk at uu.net
Wed Sep 24 14:00:30 UTC 1997

> Here is a question.. a strange one, no less.
> Is it feasible to do this:
>   WASHINGTON DC                               NEW YORK CITY
> 			|   B R I D G E  |
> MAE -- 100 Mb/s  -- | Cisco | -DS3- | Cisco | -- FDDI or -- (multiple
> East 	FDDI        | 4700M |       | 4700M |    100Base T      peers)
> giga						 Switch
> Why? here's why.
> Several folks in the same building in NYC want to connect to MAE-East.
> But, we all don't want T1's or 10 Meg HLI to MAE-East, but DS3. So, this
> allows us all to connect to the MAE, peer directly with others without an
> intermediary ASN, and we can split the cost of the routers and the DS3. 
> I know (at least, I can't think of any reason it can't be done) that is
> can be done. The unanswered questions are:
> 1) Will MFS allow us to connect multiple Peers on the same FDDI port (from
> thier webpage, it looks like it, but I am not sure).

Probably. But the hard part is getting other people to peer with you.
> 2) Is there any technical reason that the above is bad? 

I have not worked with the hssi interface on the 4700, but I would be
supprized if you didn't run into a packet forwarding limit well before
hitting 45 Mbps.

> 3) Because we do it the way shown above, does that make us look less
> attractive (politically) ?
> Thanks for any input on this. If there is anything I am missing, please
> slap me. Thanks.

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