Control mechanisms and management methods necessary to enable creation and operation of virtual links in Ethernet-based subscriber access networks are described. The key characteristics of the Virtual Link Control (VLC) mechanisms are:
- The ability to transit Layer 2 bridges in a single IEEE 802 Media Access Control (MAC) domain to allow remote device management
- Extensibility to accommodate new protocols and new types of devices
- The ability to simultaneously send messages to multiple VLC-aware stations using broadcast or multicast addressing
The message format, as well as processing operations at the stations participating in the VLC
protocol, are described.
COM/AccessCore-SC - Access and Core Networks Standards Committee