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Circuit Cross-Connects Overview

Circuit cross-connect (CCC)  allow you to configure transparent connections between two circuits, where a circuit can be a Frame Relay data-link connection identifier (DLCI), an Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) virtual circuit (VC), a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) interface, a Cisco High-level Data Link Control (HDLC) interface, or a Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) label-switched path (LSP).


CCC can ONLY use RSVP as MPLS transport, in addition each CCC connection has its own dedicated RSVP-signalled LSP associated, the transport label cannot be shared between multiple connections.

Using CCC, packets from the source circuit are delivered to the destination circuit with, at most, the Layer 2 address being changed. No other processing, such as header checksums, time-to-live (TTL) decrementing, or protocol processing, is done.

To connect interfaces of the same type, use CCC.To connect unlike interfaces, use TCC(Translational Cross-Connects).

CCC circuits fall into two categories: logical interfaces, which include DLCIs, VCs, virtual local area network (VLAN) IDs, PPP and Cisco HDLC interfaces, and LSPs. The two circuit categories provide three types of cross-connect:

  • Layer 2 switching—Cross-connects between logical interfaces provide what is essentially Layer 2 switching. The interfaces that you connect must be of the same type.
  • MPLS tunneling—Cross-connects between interfaces and LSPs allow you to connect two distant interface circuits of the same type by creating MPLS tunnels that use LSPs as the conduit.
  • LSP stitching—Cross-connects between LSPs provide a way to “stitch” together two label-switched paths, including paths that fall in two different traffic engineering database areas.

For Layer 2 switching and MPLS tunneling, the cross-connect is bidirectional, so packets received on the first interface are transmitted out the second interface, and those received on the second interface are transmitted out the first. For LSP stitching, the cross-connect is unidirectional.

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