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Implementing the Cisco Converged Cable Access Platform

Cable/DOCSIS/CMTS/CCAP, Technology

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4-day Class
$4395 or 44 CLCs

*Offered through our partner Sunset Learning Institute

This Cisco cBR-8 CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform), 4-day Instructor Led Bootcamp provides an architectural understanding and hands-on configuration expertise. An understanding of DOCSIS 1.x through to 3.0 concepts and operation is assumed pre-requisite knowledge. The course focuses on load balancing, HA redundancy, security, and DOCSIS 3.1 features that are available on the cBR-8 CMTS platform. The course includes lab activities and demonstrations to reinforce the key learning objectives.


cBR-8 is the next generation in Cisco’s series of CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) platforms. Cisco’s uBR 10K (Universal Broadband Router) previously offered industry-leading CMTS functionality – the cBR-8 is now Cisco’s flagship CMTS offering. The Cisco cBR-8 CCAP (Converged Cable Access Platform) CMTS provides many technology advancements and performance enhancements, while reducing the overall cost per subscriber. These advanced capabilities include: four times the capacity (number of cable modems/subscribers per CMTS) at double the speed of currently available DOCSIS 3.0 solutions (10K). The cBR-8 provides maximum flexibility for the future adoption of innovative network architectures including Remote PHY (RPHY), SDN, and Virtual CMTS (vCMTS). The cBR-8’s native support of DOCSIS 3.1 allows cable operators to deliver ultra-broadband services with maximum downstream speeds approaching 10 Gbps per subscriber and 1 Gbps upstream. Note: Cisco 10K supports all versions up to DOCSIS 3.0. cBR-8 supports up to 3.1.

Course Details

Duration: 4 Days
Fee: $4395, CLCs: 44

Course Goal

You will learn the cBR-8 architecture, deployment best practices, security features, and perform key DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 configuration tasks during hands-on labs.

Course Prerequisites

Following are the strongly recommended prerequisites for this cable training course:

  • Students should have foundational knowledge and/or experience with –
    • DOCSIS principles of operation
    • Cisco IOS Command Line Interface (CLI)

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for technical professionals who need to know how to deploy Cisco CMTS and associated equipment. The primary audience for this course includes:

  • Cable Operator Network Operation Center personnel
  • System Engineer/Integrator/Solutions support personnel
  • Channel partners, resellers

Course Outline

Course topics include the following:

  • DOCSIS Primer
    • DOCSIS Characteristics
    • Available Spectrum
    • TDM/TDMA/ATDMA/SCDMA and Channel types
  • cBR-8 Architecture and Hardware Overview
    • Hardware Overview
    • Chassis Installation
    • System Level Troubleshooting
    • Lab – Discovery
  • Software Overview and MAC Domain Configuration
    • cBR-8 Differences (versus uBR 10K)
    • Software and Configuration
    • Lab – Bringing up a MAC Domain
    • 1:2 Combining
    • Lab – 1 by 2 Combining
  • Bonding and Bonding Resiliency
    • Downstream Resiliency
    • Upstream Resiliency
    • Lab – Wideband Resiliency
    • Battery Backup
  • Security Features
    • Dynamic Shared Secret (DMIC)
    • Cable Source Verify
    • Cable ARP Filtering
    • BPI+ Policy Enforcement
    • Privacy Hotlist
  • DOCSIS Load Balancing
    • Basic DOCSIS Load Balancing CLI
    • Advanced DOCSIS Load Balancing Configuration
    • Verification and Troubleshooting
    • Lab – DOCSIS Load Balancing
    • Additional Load Balancing Features
  • cBR-8 Features
    • cBR-8 Call Home
    • Smart Licensing
    • High Availability for Supervisor and Line Card
    • cBR-8 Patching – Sub-Package Mode
    • cBR-8 CPU Protection
    • Punt Path Rate Limiting (PPRL)
  • DOCSIS 3.1 Architecture
    • Greenfield Reference Architecture
    • Physical Layer Properties
    • PHY Link Channel (PLC)
    • Modulation Characteristics
    • MAC and DOCSIS Upper Layers
    • MAC Protocol Operation
    • Cable Modem Registration (DOCSIS 3.1)
  • DOCSIS 3.1 Configuration
    • DOCSIS 3.1 Downstream
    • DOCSIS 3.1 Downstream Configuration
    • Downstream Verification
    • Lab – Configuring DOCSIS 3.1 Downstream
    • DOCSIS 3.1 Upstream
    • DOCSIS 3.1 Upstream Configuration
    • Upstream Verification
    • Lab – Configuring DOCSIS 3.1 Upstream
  • cBR-8 Modem Troubleshooting
    • Modem Registration flowchart
    • Cable modem MAC states
    • Modems failing registration or BPI+
    • Modems not coming up in wideband mode
    • General modem-focused troubleshooting
    • Lab – Troubleshooting
  • Remote PHY Overview
    • The Evolution of PHY
    • Remote PHY Architecture
    • Basic Configuration
    • Deployment Options
    • Lab – Configuring Remote PHY

This course is offered as a private onsite at your location. Contact info@ani-psg.com for a quote.