CTR 8540 Configuring, Operation and MaintenanceAdvance Features

Microwave Routers


The CTR 8500/ CTR 8300 is the industry’s first microwave router. It is a fully integrated microwave networking solution, delivering a unique combination of high capacity all-packet transport, Carrier Ethernet, IP/MPLS and PWE services and comprehensive mission critical microwave features. The CTR is purpose-built for microwave, enabling operators to prepare for the all-IP future.

The CTR 8500/ CTR 8300 Installation, Operation and Maintenance Advance Features course teaches students key functions of the CTR 8500/ CTR 8300 platform. The course includes advanced VLAN features, QOS, Layer 2 Aggregation, LAG and LACP, Loop avoidances protocol such RSTP and MSTP, EOAM and ERPS ring protection, configuration and maintenance. Configuration with the CLI, system commissioning, configuration, diagnostics, maintenance and troubleshooting. Extensive hands-on labs (nearly 50% of the course duration) and case studies offer students with scenarios they will face in real deployments in their networks.

Courses are conducted by AVIAT expert trainers in a mentoring environment backed by their deep technology expertise and experience in implementation of microwave wireless and IP networks.

The CTR 8540 Installation, Operation and Maintenance course is conducted at the Aviat Training locations or can be arranged at customer sites

Upon successfully completing this course, participants will be able to perform:

  • Advanced configuration of CTR 8500/ CTR 8300 equipment
  • Provisioning of features such as VLAN provided mode, L2 aggregation, QoS, EOAM and ERPS.
  • Advanced diagnostics, troubleshooting and preventive maintenance for CTR 8500/ CTR 8300
  • Participants must complete CTR 8583 installation, commissioning and maintenance training.
  • Each student must bring laptop PC and have administrator rights on the PC with the following parameters.
    • Pentium 4 or later w/ 1GB of RAM and 250 Mb of free hard drive space.
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or 10 and Google chrome as web browser.
    • USB Port / LAN Port / and DB9 serial port connexion or adapter
Class option numberClass option nameDurationDetails
TRN-CTR8540-ADVCFG-ACTR 8540: Configuring Advance Features -ILT2-dayat Aviat / Open enrollment / per student
TRN-CTR8540-ADVCFG-BCTR 8540: Configuring Advance Features – ILT2-dayat Aviat / Open enrollment / Dedicated class
TRN-CTR8540-ADVCFG-CCTR 8540: Configuring Advance Features – ILT2-dayat customer site
TRN-CTR8540-ADVCFG-DCTR 8540: Configuring Advance Features – ILT2-dayat customer site with demo

Course outline

  • VLAN Protocol Description
  • Customer Bridge mode
  • Port based VLAN
  • Customer bridging – 802.1Q
  • PROVIDER edge BRIDGE Modes
  • Changing the switch mode
  • VLAN tunneling with port as
    • PNP – Provider Network Port
    • CNP – customer network port
  • Classification
  • Strom control
  • Policing
  • Queuing
  • Scheduling
  • Chapping
  • Layer 2 Aggregation
    • LAG
    • LACP
  • RSTP
    • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
    • Port states
    • Port roles
    • RSTP configuration
    • Configuring spanning tree timers
  • MSTP
    • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
    • MSTP configuration example
    • Configuring MST hello-time
    • Configuring max-hop count
  • ECFM Protocol Description
    • Maintenance Domain (MD)
    • Maintenance Association (MA)
    • Maintenance association End Point (MEP)
    • Maintenance domain Intermediate Point (MIP)
    • Continuity Check Message (CCM)
    • Link Trace (LT)
    • Loop-back (LB)
  • ECFM activation on CTR
  • Ethernet CFM configuration
  • Ethernet Ring Protection (ERP)
  • Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS)
    • Background
    • Ring Idle State
    • Protection Switching (Link Failure)
    • Protection Switching (Failure Recovery)


  • Ethernet CFM config
  • ERPS configuration Port Base
  • Ethernet CFM config
  • ERPS configuration VLAN base

Required equipment for training sessions at customer sites

One equipment rack with 48VDC power supply (note; all CTR8540 equipment is positive earth).

At least 1 Traffic free hop – 2 radios talking to each other. (Path has been simulated with at least 60dB of attenuation, for troubleshooting training variable attenuators are preferred however not mandatory).

Chassis configurations should include as a minimum:

  • RAC card (optional depending on Network Deployment and Configuration) with RAC jumper cable and 50ohm cable or M/M N-type adapters to connect to ODU.
  • PoE cards (optional depending on Network Deployment and Configuration) with shielded CAT6 cable to connect to ODR
  • SD cards with relevant licenses based on Network Deployment and Configuration
  • ODUs should be a matching pair that is same sub band and TR spacing with one being Tx High and the other Tx Lo.
  • ODRs should be a matching pair that is same sub band and TR spacing with one being Tx High and the other Tx Lo
  • Ethernet tester
  • Digital Multimeter


  • Sufficient in size to handle all participants, instructor, desks, chairs, classroom equipment.
  • The room must have sufficient AC power and air conditioning to operate equipment.


  • Marker board,
  • projector and screen,

Desk and chairs

  • Desks or workstations with enough room for each student to write have open books,
  • client PC and / or,
  • keyboard and monitor

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CTR 8540 Configuring, Operation and MaintenanceAdvance Features

Course description (PDF)

Pricing & scheduling

Please contact your Aviat local sales team for a quote or email

Course specifics

  • Duration: 2-day
  • Capacity: 10
  • Materials provided:
    • Instruction and User Manuals (USB)
    • Student Handbook (e-Book)
    • Datasheets (USB)

Target audience

This course is intended for installation and service personnel responsible for installation, configuration, test and maintenance procedures for the CTR 8500/ CTR 8300 product

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