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Real-world solutions for Cisco IOS® Mobile IP configuration, troubleshooting, and management

  • Understand the concept of mobility and the requirements of mobility protocols
  • Learn necessary components of a Mobile IP network, including features, functions, and message flows
  • Examine security concepts related to Mobile IP, including protocol authentication and dynamic keying
  • Evaluate high availability solutions and integration with AAA servers in campus networks
  • Explore the features of metro mobility, including reverse tunneling, firewall, NAT traversal, and integration with VPN technologies
  • Configure IOS Mobile IP networks, including integration topics such as redundancy, QoS, and VPN
  • Manage the Mobile IP infrastructure, including Home Address management, scalability considerations, and network management
  • Take a look at the future of Mobile IP, including Layer 2 integration challenges, Mobile IPv6, unstructured mobility, and mobile ad-hoc networking

Two of the world’s most powerful technology trends, the Internet and mobile communications, are redefining how and when people access information. With the majority of information and new services being deployed over IP, the use of devices such as cellular phones, PDAs, and laptops for accessing data networks is pushing the need for “always on” IP connectivity. The evolution of mobile computing points to a coming together of the best of desktop computing and cellular communications—the predictability and "always connected" experience of the desktop combined with the ease of use and mobility of the cell phone.

One challenge to mobile data communication is moving data across different networks. The solution to this problem is a standards-based protocol: Mobile IP. Mobile IP is an open standard that allows users to keep the same IP address, stay connected, and maintain ongoing applications while roaming between IP networks.

Mobile IP Technology and Applications is the first book to address the practical application of Mobile IP in real-world environments. Cisco IOS® Mobile IP configuration, troubleshooting, and management are covered in depth and supported by real-world examples. Mobility solutions addressed in this book include enterprise campus wireless LANs and metropolitan mobility for both individual devices and whole networks. Each example is designed to teach configuration, management, and troubleshooting in a manner that is directly applicable to common mobility needs.

Whether you are looking for an introduction to IP mobility or detailed examples of Mobile IP technology in action, Mobile IP Technology and Applications is your complete resource for reaping the benefits that secure, reliable mobile communications have to offer.

"IP Mobility provides the capability not only for me to connect to the world at large, but for it to find and connect to me."

—Fred Baker, Cisco Fellow, Cisco Systems, Inc.

This book is part of the Cisco Press® Networking Technology Series, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding emerging technologies, and building successful networking careers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587051326
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Networking Technology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Stefan Raab joined Cisco Systems in January 2001 from Nextel Communications as a technical leader and deployment engineer for the IP Mobility Group, IOS Technologies Division (ITD). He has more than nine years of experience with IP mobility deployments and is an expert on real-life applications of the technology.

Madhavi W. Chandra, Ph.D., joined Cisco Systems in May 2000 as a Software Engineer for the IP Mobility Group. Madhavi is instrumental in designing advanced technologies in IOS mobility involving features for Mobile IP and Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, in which she is one of the lead architects. She earned her Ph.D degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Mobile and Wireless Technologies


Wireless Technology

Challenges of Communications Mobility

Location Discovery

Move Detection

Update Signaling

Path (Re)establishment

Full Mobility and the OSI Protocol Stack

Mobility at Layer 2

Mobility at Layers 4—7

Mobility at Layer 3

Combining Mobility Protocols

The Case for Mobile IP


Review Questions

Chapter 2 Understanding Mobile IP

Mobile IP: The Elevator Pitch

Mobile IP Is a Dynamic Routing Protocol…

…Where End Devices Signal Their Own Routing Updates…

…and Dynamic Tunnels Eliminate the Need for Host Route Propagation

Mobile IP: Components

Mobile Node

Home Network and Home Address

Home Agent

Care-of Address

Colocated Care-of Address

Foreign Agent Care-of Address

Foreign Agent

Correspondent Node

Mobile IP Protocol Concepts

Mobile IP Agent Discovery

Location Discovery

Move Detection and Mobile IP Handover Policy

Steady-State Algorithm

New Network Algorithm

Link-State Triggers

Mobile IP Handover

Mobile IP Registration



Service Fields and Bits

Broadcast Support

Simultaneous Bindings


Relevant Address Fields

Registration Reply Codes

Registration Delivery

Mobile IP Handover Other Than Returning Home

Mobile IP Handover Returning Home

Mobile IP Example



Triangle Routing


Review Questions

Chapter 3 Mobile IP Security

Protocol Authentication Extensions

Security Associations


Algorithm and Mode


Replay Protection Methods

Timestamp Replay Protection

Nonces Replay Protection

Mobile Node and Foreign Agent Authentication and Challenge Mechanism

FA Challenge

MN-AAA Authentication

Dynamic Keying

Standards-Based Dynamic Keying

Cisco Dynamic Security Association and Key Distribution

Session Index Extension

Security Association Setup Extension

Domain Extension

Challenge Extension

Authentication Response Extension

Configuration Extensions

Location Privacy


Review Questions

Chapter 4 IOS Mobile IP in the Lab

Building the Baseline Topology

Intermediate System Configuration

Correspondent Node Configuration

Home Agent Configuration

Physical Home Network Configuration

Virtual Home Network Configuration

Mobile Host Configuration

Security Association Configuration

Home Agent Final Configuration

Foreign Agent Configuration

Mobile Node Configuration

Operation and Evaluation/Troubleshooting

Home Agent

Mobile Node


Examining the Routing Table

Alternative Topologies

Single-Router Topology

Other Options for Single-Router Topology


Review Questions

Chapter 5 Campus Mobility: Client-Based Mobile IP

Campus Mobility Model

Storing Security Associations in AAA



Cisco Zero Configuration Client

Home Agent Redundancy

Configuration Commands

Active-Standby Home Agent Configuration

Peer-Peer Home Agent Configuration

When to Use Peer-Peer Home Agent Redundancy


Review Questions

Chapter 6 Metro Mobility: Client-Based Mobile IP

Metro Mobility Model

Reverse Tunneling

Reverse-Tunnel Delivery Style

Reverse-Tunnel Signaling

Reverse-Tunnel Configuration

Tunnel Path MTU

Impact of Network Address Translation

NAT Traversal UDP Tunneling

NAT on the Home Agent

Mobile IP NAT Configuration

Configuration on the Home Agent

Configuration on the FA

VPN Integration

IPSec and Mobile IP

Mobile IP over IPSec over Mobile IP

Resource Revocation

Resource Revocation Overview

Revocation Support Extension and Messages

Registration Revocation Example

Registration Revocation Configuration

Bringing It All Together Through an Example

Evaluating the Metro Mobility Example


Review Questions

Chapter 7 Metro Mobility: Cisco Mobile Networks

Mobile Router

Mobile Networks (Static or Dynamic)

Configuration of Mobile Router and Its Mobile Networks

Mobile Router Service on an Interface

Mobile Router Interface-Level Configuration

Agent Selection and Mobile IP Registration

Routing to and from the Mobile Router

Home Agent Enhancements

Home Agent Configuration for Network Mobility

Priority Home Agent Assignment

Foreign Agent Details

Agent Discovery–Tuning IRDP Options

Local Routing to Mobile Networks

Configuration for Local Routing to Mobile Networks

Mobile Router Redundancy

Asymmetric Links

Configuration Needed for Asymmetric Links

Example of Asymmetric Link Behavior

Colocated Care-of Address Support

Static Colocated Care-of Address

Dynamic Colocated Care-of Address

Behavior Using Colocated Care-of Addresses

Configuration Examples Using Colocated Care-of Addresses

Example One: Mobile Networks with Static Colocated Care-of Address Only

Example Two: Mobile Networks with Dynamic CCoA

Example Three: Mobile Networks with Dynamic CCoA Only

Quality of Service

IPSec and the Mobile Router


Review Questions

Chapter 8 Deployment Scalability and Management

Management of the Mobile Nodes Home Address

Virtual Networks

Static Home Addressing Without NAI

Dynamic Home Address Assignment

Fixed Addressing on the Command-Line Interface (CLI)

Local Pool Address Assignment

DHCP-Based Address Assignment


AAA Address Assignment

AAA-Based Local Pool Selection

AAA-Assigned DHCP Server

Static Home Addressing with NAI

Local Authorization of Static Home Addresses

AAA Authorization of Static Home Addresses

Scaling Issues

Building a Call Model

Number of Nodes

Frequency of Mobility

Amount of Data Traffic

Number of Tunnels

An Example Call Model

Network Management

RFC 2006 Management Information Base (MIB)

Cisco Enterprise MIB

Objects Matching the Call Model

System Log Messages

Common Troubleshooting Issues

Path MTU Discovery

Reverse Path Forwarding Checks

Tunnel Transit

Security Association Incompatibilities


Review Questions

Chapter 9 A Look Ahead

Mobile IP and Public Access Networks

Public Wireless LAN

Cdma2000 Technology

GSM Technology

FLASH-OFDM Technology

Cisco SWAN and Mobile IP

AAA-Based Dynamic Key Generation

Mobile IPv6

Protocol Operation

Route Optimization (Return Routability) in Mobile IPv6

Mobile IPv6 Messaging

Differences Between Mobile IPv4 and Mobile IPv6

Transition to Mobile IPv6

Lessons Learned

Network Access Identifier

Authentication Option


Hierarchical Mobile IPv6 (HMIPv6)

Fast Mobile IP



Review Questions

Appendix A Answers to Review Questions

Appendix B IOS Mobile IP: Supported SNMP MIBs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    Mobile IP theory

    My approach to this book has been dictated from curiosity for this new technology more than for the implementation side of it. Mobile IP is a field where I have very little knowledge of this technology and needed to gain some background on it. My point of view will therefore ignore the configuration examples used in the book. The authors did a great job in writing the book in a very simple English and using an informal style, which helps the reading by not making the text too tedious. The first couple of chapters gave me a good overview of the basic principles of Mobile IP. The illustrations used in the book are very helpful to better explain the concepts described in the text. Some were a little too confusing because of all the acronyms and several times I had to give a quick glance at the pictures to resume myself the situation. The third chapter goes on with security issues that come back in almost all of the rest of the book. The fourth chapter goes in detail on how to set up a lab environment to apply the concepts explained in the rest of the book. The following chapters show some basic case studies of mobile IP applications: Campus Mobility, Metro Mobility and Cisco Mobile Networks. These chapters require a good knowledge of tunneling, VPNs, routing and wireless concepts. The last two chapters were more interesting for me as chapter 8 talked about scalability of the mobile IP solutions and the differences between different forms of IP addressing. The last part of the chapter shows some basic troubleshooting techniques. Chapter 9 called ¿A look ahead¿ is very valuable because it describes the various techniques discussed to bring the mobile IP technology to meet the IPv6 standard and what the idea of Cisco is in this area. The book is thought as a companion book for studying and has the usual end-of-chapter questions that help the reader to check his understanding of the last things learned. The answers given in the Appendix A to all the questions are very explicative and help to review the entire concepts seen in the book. A good book that has given me the basic understanding of the theory of Mobile IP. I suggest it both for those who want to have a look at Mobile IP and also to those who want a deeper understanding of the topic. A real-world case study would have given this book a top class touch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2005

    Worthwhile read

    Good book, strong coverage of Mobile IP. I definitely recommend this book to someone who is interested in Mobile IP basics, or who is planning to deploy a mobile IP solution. The authors build from the basics quite well. The first couple chapters effectively present the basics of Mobile IP. As should be expected, a basic routing knowledge is assumed on the part of the reader. This is certainly appropriate for a topic such as mobile IP. The background on wireless technologies provides enough detail to support the subsequent discussion, but does not become a pure tutorial on wireless infrastructure. The illustrations and examples are straightforward, and add value to the discussion. The organization of the chapters allows the experienced reader to skip forward to an appropriate chapter. The discussion on the lab configuration is particularly helpful. It saves much of the time we often spend defining the lab environment to be practical and yet reflect enough of the real world to be useful. The evolution to larger, real world class environments is certainly of value. The insight to actual deployment of a solution helps to bring lab data into context. The examples and considerations in the latter part of the book, chapters 5-8, address many of the issues actual deployments may encounter. The ability to address as many of these issues during planning, instead of discovering them during the initial deployment certainly can make enabling a mobile solution less challenging. Chapter 9 was of specific interest because we have a pending migration to IPv6. Any amount of insight into IPv6 world is of value. On the negative side, the title is slightly misleading the ¿Applications¿ referred to in the title is the application of mobile IP, vice applications that run over mobile IP. The subtitle is to the point ¿Real-world solutions for Mobile IP configuration and management.¿

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