MECHANISMS TO SUPPORT A SINGLE INTERNET PROTOCOL ADDRESS IN REMOTE VIRTUAL CUSTOMER PREMISE EQUIPMENT ENVIRONMENTS
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-23
The IP.com Prior Art Database
A set of mechanisms allows a single wide area network (WAN) Internet Protocol (IP) address to be allocated to virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE) such that the server operating system (OS) and virtual router (vRouter) can be managed via a single WAN IP address. If the vRouter is present, customer traffic can traverse the vRouter and utilize the WAN link. Mechanisms described herein utilize pre-existing and adapted pre-existing features. Aspects of these mechanisms include: sharing a common IP address and media access control (MAC) address between multiple entities; static address translation; control of forward and reverse path routing; and ensuring customer traffic does not interfere with the vCPE server OS.