NID Features & Benefits

Advanced Traffic Management

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 business services and LTE mobile backhaul services are increasing operational complexity to manage the end-to-end traffic. The variety of customer data flows requires policing and classification to deliver premium SLAs that differentiate the services.

The iConverter® MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certified NIDs support traffic management functions including Class of Service (CoS) management, granular rate-limiting, and 802.1ad Provider Bridge VLAN stacking (Q-in-Q) for service multiplexing. iConverter NIDs provides flexible per-flow service mapping, traffic policing and shaping to differentiate service offerings and transport nearly any type of customer traffic as an EVC or CoS flow.

Flexible per-flow service mapping
  • Differentiates services with multiple Classes of Service
  • Enables virtual private Line/LAN/Tree/E-Access services (service multiplexing)
CIR/EIR “Two Rates, Three Colors” ingress port policing
  • Differentiates Classes of Service for CE 2.0 services
  • Enables tiered pricing to their customers based on the service level required (Best effort, Guaranteed, Out of profile)
Advanced Flow and CoS classification per Port, VLAN ID, PCP, IPv4/IPv6 (TOS/DiffServe) Priority, MAC address, IP address, TCP Port or L2CP
  • Service Providers have the flexibility to classify and transport L3 and L4 customer traffic as a flow (EVC or CoS), since most customers differentiate traffic by IP address and by application
  • Customers no longer need to pre-classify the traffic using VLAN tags and IP priority bits before forwarding traffic to the service provider
Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling (L2PT) to encapsulate STP, VTP, PVST and CDP protocols Service Providers can transport Cisco network protocols from a Subscriber network across a Provider network with Cisco equipment
Hardware-based Delay (DMM) and Loopback (LBM) measurements Enables nanosecond resolution for service testing and performance monitoring of delay sensitive voice and financial services
Port Mirroring Copies all data from one port to an additional monitoring port
10,240 byte Jumbo Frames Reduces network overhead (frame headers) and optimizes bandwidth for storage transfer applications
IEEE 1588 Transparent Clocking Provides timing synchronization for mobile backhaul


Advanced Flow Control

Testing can be performed per EVC for single EVC services (Ethernet Private Line) or multiplexed EVCs (Ethernet Virtual Private Line) for any type of Ethernet service. Testing can also be performed per Class of Service (CoS) within an EVC, or L2, L3 or L4 customer data frames.

Flow Control as defined by the MEF requires Customer Premises Equipment to perform mapping of customer traffic before sending it to the NID.

Carrier Ethernet Service Mapping

Advanced Flow Control provides flexibility for Service Providers to map different types of Customer data. This makes it easier for Customers to connect to Service Providers, and eliminates the need for CPE to perform service mapping.

Carrier Ethernet CoS Service Mapping