Access Node Control Protocol (ANCP)

The Access Node Control Protocol (ANCP) is a TCP based protocol intended to facilitate the transmission of control and dynamic subscriber configuration information between an access node (DSLAM) and a L3 subscriber aware controller (BRAS/NAS).


ANCP started out as L2CP (Layer 2 Control Protocol) in the IETF WG, and was later renamed to ANCP. The current charter is at

Most of the ANCP message formats and state machine is derived from GSMPv3(RFC 3292). Although GSMP can run directly on L2 (ATM/Eth), ANCP runs on TCP and uses the GSMP TCP Encapsulation.

ANCP has its own Adjacency layer over TCP. The messages that ANCP endpoints can exchange are decided at ANCP adjacency establishment with the use of 'Capabilities'. No other message will be processed until ANCP capability negotiation happens and both endpoints agree upon a common capability set.

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

ANCP Adjacency (SYN) Message with capabilities (Topology-Discovery and OAM):

Internet Protocol, Src: (, Dst: (
Transmission Control Protocol, Src Port: 19717 (19717), Dst Port: gsmp (6068), Seq: 1, Ack: 1, Len: 48
Access Node Control Protocol
    Length: 44
    Version: 0x31 (3.1)
    Message Type: Adjacency (10)
    Timer: 100 msec
    .000 0001 = Code: 1 (Syn, M Flag Unset)
    Sender Name: aa:bb:cc:00:7c:00 (aa:bb:cc:00:7c:00)
    Receiver Name: 00:00:00_00:00:00 (00:00:00:00:00:00)
    Sender Port: 0
    Receiver Port: 0
    Partition Info: 0x01 (Type = 0, Flag = 1)
    Sender Instance: 1
    Partition ID: 0
    Receiver Instance: 0
    Tech Type: DSL (5)
    Num TLVs: 2
        Length: 8
        Capability: Dynamic-Topology-Discovery (1) (0 bytes)
        Capability: OAM (4) (0 bytes)


The ANCP dissector supports the following messages

In the Wireshark GUI, Statistics->ANCP->Packet Types stats, shows the ANCP message statistics.

Example capture file

Display Filter

A complete list of ANCP display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference


ANCP Multicast support to be added.

ANCP (last edited 2010-03-29 14:20:00 by AniruddhaA)