Understanding PPP

PPP provides a standard method for transporting multiprotocol datagrams over a point-to-point link. PPP uses the High-Speed Data Link Control (HDLC) protocol for its physical interface and provides a packet-oriented interface for the network-layer protocols.

Internet Protocol Control Protocol (IPCP) (which negotiates for transport of IP version 4 datagrams), IPv6CP (which negotiates for transport of IP version 6 datagrams), the OSI Network Layer Control Protocols (OSINLCPs), and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) run within PPP.

The router supports dynamic PPP interfaces. For details, see Dynamic Interfaces Overview.


The software restricts the use of the general HDLC protocol (RFC 1662) to unnumbered mode:

The router does not support the following framing features:

Error Frames

The router relies on higher-layer protocols to recover from PPP data loss. All unrecognized protocol data units (PDUs) are discarded; however, statistics are maintained for packets dropped.

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