Point-to-Point Protocol over ATM
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It offers standard PPP features such as authentication, encryption, and compression. If it is used as the connection encapsulation method on an ATM based network it can reduce overhead slightly (around 0.58%) in comparison to PPPoE. It also avoids the issues that PPPoE suffers from, related to having a MTU lower than that of standard Ethernet transmission protocols. It also supports (as does PPPoE) the encapsulation types: VC-MUX and LLC based.
The use of PPPoA over PPPoE is not geographically significant; rather, it varies by the provider's preference.
Configuration of a PPPoA requires PPP configuration and ATM configuration. These data are generally stored in a cable modem or DSL modem, and may or may not be visible to - or configurable by - an end-user.
PPP configuration generally includes: user credentials, user name and password, and is unique to each user.
ATM configuration includes:
- Virtual Channel Link (VCL) – Virtual Path Identifier & Virtual Channel Identifier (VPI/VCI), such as 0/32 (analogous to a phone number)
- Modulation (Type): such as G.DMT
- Multiplexing (Method): such as VC-MUX or LLC
- RFC 2364, PPP over AAL5. IETF. 1998. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
- A typical PPPoA architecture diagram (out of date and no longer maintained)
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