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MPLS Fundamentals by Luc De Ghein - CCIE No. 1897

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Unreserved Labels

Except for the reserved labels of 0 through 15, you can use all the label values for normal packet forwarding. Because the label value has 20 bits, the labels from 16 through 1,048,575 (220 – 1) are used for normal packet forwarding. In Cisco IOS, the default range is 16 through 100,000. This is more than enough for labeling all the IGP prefixes you have, but if you want to label the BGP prefixes, this number might be insufficient. You can change the label range with the mpls label range min max command. Example 3-9 shows how to change the default mpls label range.

Example 3-9. Changing the MPLS Label Range
event#show mpls label range
Downstream Generic label region: Min/Max label: 16/100000

event#conf t Enter configuration ...

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