Profile Considerations for Dynamic Interfaces

When a dynamic interface is configured, the configuration data received from the RADIUS authentication server typically overrides configuration data obtained from a profile.

In contrast to static Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) interfaces (above which only dynamic IP interfaces can be created), static Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) 1483 subinterfaces support recognition and creation of the following upper dynamic interface types or encapsulations: bridged Ethernet, IP, IPv6, Multilink PPP, PPP, and Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet (PPPoE) interfaces. The auto-configure command identifies the encapsulation type. For flexibility, the router provides the ability to configure an ATM 1483 subinterface with distinct profile assignments for each encapsulation type supported by the auto-configure command. For more information, see Configuring a Dynamic Interface over an ATM 1483 Subinterface.

In contrast to dynamic ATM 1483 subinterfaces, dynamic virtual LAN (VLAN) subinterfaces support recognition and creation of simultaneous IP and PPPoE upper dynamic interface types. The vlan auto-configure command identifies the encapsulation type. For flexibility, the router provides the ability to configure a VLAN subinterface with distinct profile assignments for each encapsulation type supported by the vlan auto-configure command.

Each profile typically contains configuration attributes for the expected encapsulation, in addition to attributes for other higher-interface layers through IP. If your configuration of upper layers is intended to be different depending on which incoming encapsulation is received by the subinterface, configure and assign separate profiles for each encapsulation type. If your configuration of upper layers is the same for more than one encapsulation type, configure one profile and assign it for those encapsulation types.

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