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MX960 and Enhanced-ip mode

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  • 1.  MX960 and Enhanced-ip mode

    Posted 12-23-2020 00:43


    When I searched about Cards and Features of MX960 I encountered the term "Enhanced-ip" and This fact that for Cards Like MPC7E the box must work in this mode.

    A couple of questions here:

    1- What is the effect of this mode on Device capacity? I mean will we have any degradation in Fabric capacity of any card type?

    2- If we enable this feature will we lose features like VLAN CCC or LACP or QinQ?

    I have concerns about MPC7E(both Variants MRATE and 10G) and MPC10E-10C cards and SCBE3

    Thank you for your help and support


    Alireza Soltanian

  • 2.  RE: MX960 and Enhanced-ip mode
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    Posted 12-23-2020 05:52

    Hello Alireza,

    On MX240, MX480, and MX960 routers, the MPC5E and MPC7E line cards power on only if the configured network services mode is enhanced-ip OR enhanced-ethernet.

    In short, the  "Enhanced-ip" mode provides  full L2 and L3 JUNOS and forwarding functionality while "enhanced-ethernet" mode provides full L2 feature-set but limited L3 feature-set

    You may find the "enhanced-ethernet" restrictions in the below link 


    Using the Enhanced Network Services mode help to improve the scaling and performance specific to filters in a subscriber access network that uses statically configured subscriber interfaces.


    you will not lose any of the mentioned features.

    Regarding MPC10E-15C/10C is supported only with SCBE3. To be specific, MPC10E15C/10C is not supported with (SCB, SCBE or SCBE2).

    SCBE3 is supported only in enhanced-ip or enhanced-ethernet modes on MX240/480/960 platforms.

    Hopefully, this helps you.



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  • 3.  RE: MX960 and Enhanced-ip mode

    Posted 12-23-2020 13:19

    Thank you for the answer

    Alireza Soltanian