System Administration Guide: IP Services

Agent Advertisement

Mobile nodes use agent advertisements to determine the current point of attachment to the Internet or to an organization's network. An agent advertisement is an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) router advertisement that has been extended to carry also a mobility agent advertisement extension.

A foreign agent (FA) can be too busy to serve additional mobile nodes. However, a foreign agent must continue to send agent advertisements. Then the mobile node, which is already registered with a foreign agent, knows that the mobile node has not moved out of range of the foreign agent. The mobile node also knows that the foreign agent has not failed. A mobile node that is registered with a foreign agent from which it no longer receives agent advertisements, probably knows that the mobile node can no longer contact that foreign agent.

Agent Advertisement Over Dynamic Interfaces

You can configure the implementation of the foreign agent to send advertisements over dynamically created interfaces. You have options to enable or disable limited unsolicited advertisements over the advertising interfaces. Dynamically created interfaces are defined as only those interfaces that are configured after the mipagent starts. Advertisement over dynamic interfaces is useful for applications that are to support transient mobility interfaces. Moreover, by limiting unsolicited advertisement, network bandwidth might be saved.