L2TP Dial-Out Network Model

In the figure in L2TP Dial-Out Overview, the home site connects to the Internet over a permanent leased line to the Internet service provider’s (ISP’s) E Series LNS. The ISP uses an IP network to connect the LNS to the narrowband access point of the network where the narrowband LAC exists. The narrowband LAC connects to a narrowband network (ISDN) that the remote site is also connected to.

The figure shows three RADIUS servers. The home site maintains the home server, and the other two servers are at the LNS and the LAC. The router accesses the home and LNS RADIUS servers. (The separation of the RADIUS servers is transparent to the router.)

Before any attempts at connectivity can take place from the home site to the remote site, an administrator must configure a dial-out route on the router. This route directs the router to start a dial-out operation. The route includes a dial-out target (the virtual router context and the IP address of the remote site). When the router receives a packet destined for the target, it triggers a dial-out session to the target. The route is associated with a profile that holds parameters for the interface stack that the router builds as a result of the dial-out.

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