Meshlinq Trill Mode and Topologies
The Ethernet ports on Meshlinq switches can be configured in one of two modes:
TRUNK – This defines the port as a hybrid TRILL trunk/access port which transmits TRILL protocol packets and TRILL encapsulated frames as well as native Ethernet frames to connected devices.
ACCESS – This defines the port as an access port only. Access ports should be connected to native Ethernet devices at the edge of the TRILL cloud and can as regular switch ports.
Trunk ports on Meshlinq can be connected in an arbitrary mesh topology. Links between these trunk ports can consist of MeshLinq RBs, MetroLinq bridges or L2 devices such as switches in general. Encapsulated Ethernet frames traverse the shortest path within the TRILL mesh to the intended end node; If one of the paths disappears due to a link failure or for any other reason, another path is used.
Note: MeshLinq’s proprietary implementation of TRILL allows trunk ports to transmit both TRILL encapsulated frames and native Ethernet frames to intermediate L2 devices without creating loops. This allows intermediate devices such as MetroLinq within the TRILL cloud to be accessed from devices outside of the TRILL cloud.
Power up multiple devices on the same tower
MeshLinq™ has a flexible power output configuration via software control and is an ideal device for outdoor deployments and can power-up MetroLinq backhaul and last-mile point to multipoint devices, Wi-Fi access points and even IP cameras. 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports are available to provide data and power and an additional 2.5G Ethernet port for data input/backhaul.
High-end data center routing technology
Trill is a Layer-2 mesh routing protocol that until now was only available to high-end data center switches. With the innovative MeshLinq™, this technology is now available for service providers worldwide at extremely affordable price points. The MeshLinq™ can significantly simplify building scalable and high capacity network designs with failover routes for the connected customers and is compatible with existing Layer 2 devices.
Cloud managed networking
MeshLinq has an instant out of the box cloud support and can be remotely managed and monitored. The cloud controller from IgniteNet is a powerful and cost-effective platform to monitor and manage multiple networks with 1000’s of devices for only £80 USD per year. It is ideal for ISPs that not only want to offer a managed in-home or in-business networking solution but that also want to easily deploy additional value-add services over that platform from anywhere, anytime.