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A Method for Transmitting PPP Over Ethernet (PPPoE) (RFC2516) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003100D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 17 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

L. Mamakos: AUTHOR [+5]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC2516: DOI


This document describes how to build PPP sessions and encapsulate PPP packets over Ethernet. This memo provides information for the Internet community.

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Network Working Group L. Mamakos Request for Comments: 2516 K. Lidl Category: Informational J. Evarts UUNET Technologies, Inc. D. Carrel D. Simone RedBack Networks, Inc. R. Wheeler RouterWare, Inc. February 1999

A Method for Transmitting PPP Over Ethernet (PPPoE)

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999). All Rights Reserved.


The Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) [1] provides a standard method for transporting multi-protocol datagrams over point-to-point links.

This document describes how to build PPP sessions and encapsulate PPP packets over Ethernet.


This specification is intended to provide the facilities which are defined for PPP, such as the Link Control Protocol, Network-layer Control Protocols, authentication, and more. These capabilities require a point-to-point relationship between the peers, and are not designed for the multi-point relationships which are available in Ethernet and other multi-access environments.

This specification can be used by multiple hosts on a shared, Ethernet to open PPP sessions to multiple destinations via one or more bridging modems. It is intended to be used with broadband remote access technologies that provide a bridged Ethernet topology, when access providers wish to maintain the session abstraction associated with PPP.

Mamakos, et. al. Informational [Page 1]

RFC 2516 Transmitting PPP Over Ethernet February 1999

This document describes the PPP Over Ethernet encapsulation that is being deployed by RedBack Networks, RouterWare, UUNET and others.

1. Introduction

Modern access technologies are faced with several conflicting goals. It is desirable to connect multiple hosts at a remote site through the same customer premise access device. It is also a goal to provide access control and billing functionality in a manner similar to dial-up services using PPP. In many access technologies, the most cost effective method to attach multiple hosts to the customer premise access device, is via Ethernet. In addition, it is desirable to keep the cost of this device as low as possible while requiring little or no configuration.

PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) provides the ability to connect a network of hosts over a simple bridging access device to a remote Access Concentrator. With this model, each host utilizes it’s own PPP stack and the user is presented with a familiar user interface. Access control, billing and type of service can be done on a per-user, rather than a per-site, basis.

To provide a point-to-point connection over Ethernet, each PPP session must learn the Ethernet address of the remote peer, as well as establish a unique session identifier. PPPoE includes a discovery protocol that provides this.

2. Conventions