text2pcap – How to convert ASCII packet dumps to .pcap files?

Nothing in my experince is better at telling the real story than a packet capture. They tell exactly what is really going on and whether the configuration or changes are working  as expected or not. Sometimes an engineer needs to look at packet captures taken from devices that don’t generate .pcap files directly. Although with some experince and familarity, one can visually inspect some packets for certain pieces of informaiton but after all this is what computers are made for. You are probably familiar with text2pcap but in case you aren’t, It is a command line tool that comes pre-installed …

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Making sense of Broadband networks – VLAN Model

In the previous post we discussed the major considerations of a broadband network architecture. Now I want to discuss each of those points one by one adding some details. I will do this quick and might not be able to provide illustrations or configuration examples all the time due to time limits, so if anything is not so clear please let me know and I can reiterate this. Qouting from previous post, I was mentioing that a provider has to make a choice between two major VLAN models or combine both: “Which VLAN model? Customer VLAN (know as C-VLAN) or …

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Making sense of Broadband networks – Part 1

Broadband is a hot topic in the telecommunications industry nowadays; it is becoming the bread and butter for so many service providers and mobile carriers with the big growth and penetration rates in these technologies in the recent years.  ( Check this report about the EOCD countries). Although it is that important, broadband topics probably are not covered in any certification/education track and the reason might be that there is no “one shop suits all” in this field as in routing and switching technologies. In this post and others my aim is to provide some engineers with a brief but useful …

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What can you learn in 5 minutes a day !

I  believe in minimalism and what small focused actions can make for a person and small steps is what Juniper learning bytes is all about. Learning bytes is an online learning resource launched last year by Juniper education services organization as a free service. The nice thing about the learning bytes is that they are focused, short and concise videos that give you a a quick idea about a certain technology, feature or configuration in about 10 minutes  or less and they are created by Juniper’s educational services team right to you. Here is a good byte, not just because my …

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DHCP client testing tool

DHCP is vastly growing in service provider networks for broadband subscribers, I had the chance to work lately with a some of these setups. The protocol is really easy to configure for broadband and provide many benefits.  It has lower overhead compared to PPPOE and it is much more suitable for Multicast services. For those of you who are working with subscriber management, I know sometimes you need to do quick tests to verify new configurations or may be to do some stress or scalability tests. Traffic generators are  more suitable for stress and scalability tests but sometimes I really …

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Few ways scripting can keep you sane

C’est la vie, it has been almost a year since I posted on the blog, a year full of change,  but here I am kicking up again with this simple short post about how scripting could save you time and effort on daily basis. I know most of you might be using those free or commercially available applications to manage your daily work and they are all great; and I don’t want to convince you of reinventing the wheel but I am  talking here about higher level of control over your very own, tailored to your specific needs tools. OK, …

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