3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 13, 2017 2:03 PM by patrick

    Dual Point to Point PRI Redundancy/Auto Failover

    rhamnus New Member

      Network topology is a pair of Atlas 550s with a T1 in between and on each end they are breaking out multiple 4 wire E&M circuits.

       

      The physical T1 routing is over some pretty hostile terrain and it has the potential to go down more often than we would like.

       

      Our plan is to route an additional T1 across a different set of hostile terrain and hopefully one or the other will stay running at a time.

       

      Is there any provision for auto failover in a situation like this?

        • Re: Dual Point to Point PRI Redundancy/Auto Failover
          patrick Employee

          If you are using the DEDICATED MAP to configure the E&M to the T1, then there is no automatic failover. If the ATLAS is configured so that you dial an extension on the other side, and this is set up in the ATLAS' DIAL PLAN, then you can configure the Network Term T1s all to have the same IN#ACCEPT and the ATLAS will select the first available T1. If the T1 is down, it will select the next one that is up.

           

          Chances are this is a DEDICATED MAP configuration, though, and for that you have to either manually change the active map, or set it up to change automatically based on the time of day.

           

          Sorry,

          Patrick

            • Re: Dual Point to Point PRI Redundancy/Auto Failover
              rhamnus New Member

              Yes, dedicated mapping is the way it is configured.

               

              These lines are active and carrying audio at all times.

               

              I am not versed in the nuances of dial plans.  However, I was hoping there might be a way to establish something like a permanent dial plan where no dialing actually happens, but I don't know if this is even possible.

               

              My other nebulous idea is to operate with some sort of manually controlled physical relay on the T1 line at the local end.  Setting aside out-of-spec line construction concerns, I wonder if there would be any way to get signal from either T1 at the remote end.  I don't know how I would control a relay there.

               

              Plan C is to establish two sets of E&M ports for each line in parallel, mapped to alternate T1 lines, and a gang of relays at the local end.  This is actually a well established practice, but takes the most physical hardware and wiring.

                • Re: Dual Point to Point PRI Redundancy/Auto Failover
                  patrick Employee

                  I'm afraid that unless you're actually using the E and M leads, there's no way to set it up in the DIAL PLAN.

                   

                  I'm not familiar with a method for plan B.

                   

                  Plan C seems the best option, and we've had a few customers do this - where they have more than one E&M port connected to their communication system so audio will go over whichever T1 is up (or even over more than one T1 in parallel.