OSPF Over Frame-Relay: Point-to-Multipoint


As the senior network engineer for a Dutch fishing company you are responsible for connecting all the different branch offices to the main network. The WAN technology you are using is Frame Relay, and you need to run OSPF over this WAN connection.


  • The frame-relay switch has been preconfigured for you, as you can see in the topology picture the following PVC’s has been configured:

    Router Barracuda to Salmon:
    Barracuda: DLCI 102
    Salmon: DLCI 201

    Router Barracuda to Herring:
    Barracuda: DLCI 103
    Salmon: DLCI 301

  • Router Barracuda is the “Hub” router and the other 2 routers are the “Spoke” routers.
  • Do not change any configuration on the Frame-Relay switch.
  • Configure the following IP addresses:
    Router Barracuda:
    S0/0: /24
    L0: /24

    Router Salmon:
    S0/0: /24
    L0: /24

    Router Herring:
    S0/0: /24
    L0: /24

  • Configure all serial interfaces for encapsulation Frame-Relay.
  • Disable Frame-relay inverse arp on all serial interfaces.
  • Configure the correct frame-relay map statements on all routers and make sure you can ping every IP address.
  • Configure the OSPF network type to “point-to-multipoint” on all serial interfaces.
  • Configure OSPF on all 3 routers, make sure you have full connectivity. All IP addresses including the loopbacks should be reachable.
  • You are not allowed to use the “neighbor” command in the OSPF configuration.

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  1. Realised that on Router Herring & Salmon OSPF works even without broadcast behind the frame-relay map command below?

    frame-relay map ip 301
    frame-relay map ip 201

    1. If you enable "broadcast" on router Barracuda it will work. It will forward broadcast/multicast traffic between Herring and Salmon. Once it receives a broadcast on the PVC it will forward it onto the other PVC.

  2. Hello!
    Principal moment is exist in this lab. I want to draw your attention on the following fact.

    If we have part mesh frame relay topology and we use point-to-multipoint ospf network, we shouldn’t configure additional FR mapping. This action is incorrect. When use PtMP in this lab, OSPF automatically creates several route. After run ospf-process Router R3 (Herring) have following routing table:

    [code] is variably subnetted, 3 subnets, 2 masks
    O [b][/b] [110/128] via [b][i][/i][/b], 00 : 00:25, Serial0/0
    O [110/64] via, 00 : 00:25, Serial0/0
    C is directly connected, Serial0/0 is subnetted, 1 subnets
    O [110/65] via, 00 : 00:25, Serial0/0 is subnetted, 1 subnets
    O [b] [/b][110/129] via [b][i][/i][/b], 00 : 00:25, Serial0/0 is subnetted, 1 subnets
    C is directly connected, Loopback0

    I don’t configure FR mapping, but ping from R3 is successful!

    [code]HERRING#sh frame-relay map
    Serial0/0 (up): ip dlci 301(0x12D,0x48D0), dynamic, broadcast,, status defined, active

    HERRING#ping source
    Success …



    This same inaccuracy presents in the Odom’s book. if using part-mesh topology, only NBMA and broadcast OSPF network type require additional configuration Frame Relay mapping. This is due to the fact that in NBMA network includes DR router. And DR generates LSA Type 2. PtoMP don’t require additional FR-mapping.

  3. In my lab, Barracuda was not receiving the hello’s from the spokes and causing adjacency to drop and establish again, although spokes were sending out hello’s ever 30 sec.

    So i had to add Broadcast wording to the map statements on the spokes to fix the issue.

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