Technical Documentation

Configuring Integrated Routing and Bridging for Bridge Domains

Integrated routing and bridging (IRB) provides simultaneous support for Layer 2 bridging and Layer 3 routing on the same interface. IRB enables you to route packets to another routed interface or to another bridge domain that has an IRB interface configured. You configure a logical routing interface by including the irb statement at the [edit interfaces] hierarchy level and include that interface in the bridge domain. For more information about how to configure a routing interface, see the Junos Network Interfaces Configuration Guide.

Note: You can include only one routing interface in a bridge domain.

To configure a bridge domain with IRB support, include the following statements:

[edit]bridge-domains {bridge-domain-name {domain-type bridge;interface interface-name;routing-interface routing-interface-name;vlan-id (none | number);vlan-tags outer number inner number;}}

For each bridge domain that you configure, specify a bridge-domain-name. You must also specify the value bridge for the domain-type statement.

For the vlan-id statement, you can specify either a valid VLAN identifier or the none option.

Note: If you configure a routing interface to support IRB in a bridge domain, you cannot use the all option for the vlan-id statement.

The vlan-tags statement enables you to specify a pair of VLAN identifiers; an outer tag and an inner tag.

Note: For a single bridge domain, you can include either the vlan-id statement or the vlan-tags statement, but not both.

To include one or more logical interfaces in the bridge domain, specify the interface-name for each Ethernet interface to include that you configured at the [edit interfaces] hierarchy level.

Note: A maximum of 4000 active logical interfaces are supported on a bridge domain or on each mesh group in a VPLS routing instance configured for Layer 2 bridging.

To associate a routing interface with a bridge domain, include the routing-interface routing-interface-name statement and specify a routing-interface-name you configured at the [edit interfaces irb] hierarchy level. You can configure only one routing interface for each bridge domain. For more information about how to configure logical and routing interfaces, see the Junos Network Interfaces Configuration Guide.

In JUNOS Release 9.0 and later, IRB interfaces are supported for multicast snooping. For more information about multicast snooping, see the Junos Multicast Protocols Configuration Guide.

In JUNOS Release 9.6 and later, in multihomed VPLS configurations, you can configure VPLS to keep a VPLS connection up if only an IRB interface is available by configuring the irb option for the connectivity-type statement at the [edit routing-instances routing-instance-name protocols vpls] hierarchy level. The connectivity-type statement has two options, ce and irb. The ce option is the default and specifies that a CE interface is required to maintain the VPLS connection. By default, if only an IRB interface is available, the VPLS connection is brought down. For more information about configuring VPNs, see the JUNOS VPN Configuration Guide.

Published: 2010-05-11