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Is there any RFC based testing requirements for MPLS VPNs?

Recently my company purchased a MPLS VPN connection from our service provider. All of our branches are connected using G.SHDSL (SpeedTouch 610s CPE ? 512 Kbps) and my HO is connected SpeedTouch 610s (2 Mbps). I don't see they performed any kind of tests. Is there any RFC based test they have to carry out?

For a nice list of IETF standards and drafts related to Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPNs based on MPLS, see the VPN Consortium's VPN Protocols page. However, you are probably using MPLS over your service provider's network, not your first/last mile DSL connections. Therefore, MPLS standards and tests don't apply directly to your CPE routers.

Alcatel's SpeedTouch 610 routers do comply with ANSI and ITU standards for ADSL (610/610i) or SHDSL (610s). For secure tunneling, these routers comply with IPsec and have passed ICSA certification tests. See this ICSA Labs page for lab test notes and a description of IPSEC certification testing conducted on these products.

This was first published in June 2004

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