Edge Applications Overview

The E Series router can be used for a number of edge aggregation applications. Two of the most common are:

Private Line Aggregation

A major application of the E Series router is for private line aggregation—the consolidation of multiple high-speed access lines into one access point. See Figure 1.

In this application, the service provider can use a single router to offer high-speed access (FT1/FE1 through T3/E3) to thousands of subscribers. The individual subscriber lines can be multiplexed into T3 lines by the service provider and fed into the router. (The router can also accept unchannelized T3 or E3 connections from high-speed users and channelized E1 connections directly into the unit.) Once the traffic is received, the router then handles all IP packet processing, including the assignment of QoS and routing policies. The packets are then routed into the backbone network.

Figure 1: Private Line Aggregation with the E Series Router

Private Line Aggregation with the E Series

The router supports a number of access and uplink methods; the most common pairings are listed in Table 3.

Table 3: Common Access/Uplink Pairings




ATM, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, or POS

Frame Relay


xDSL Session Termination

The router supports Broadband Remote Access Server (B-RAS) applications, as shown in Figure 2. In this application, the router handles the aggregated output from the digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAMs). Directly connected to the subscriber premises, the DSLAMs handle the copper termination and aggregate the traffic into a higher-speed uplink. The output from the DSLAM is fed into the router through a DS3 or OC3 link.

Figure 2: B-RAS Application

B-RAS Application

The router then performs several functions:

The output of the router is typically a high-speed link, such as OC3/STM1 to feed a core backbone router. Virtual routers can also be used to keep the traffic logically separate and to direct packets to different destinations. As shown in Figure 2, the packets can be directed to a CLEC, ISP, corporate VPN, or the Internet.

A large number of xDSL protocols are supported, including:

See JunosE Broadband Access Configuration Guide, for information about configuring B-RAS.