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I am trying to find differences between PPPoE and L2TP.Both are tunneling protocols. When to use what?

thanks, GL

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The most and noticeable different is layer of tunneling. PPPOE is a Layer 2 (Data Link Layer) tunneling protocol while L2TP is a Layer 3 (Network Layer) tunneling protocol. This means that PPPOE can create a tunnel between devices in a broadcast domain (such as devices connect to the same switch) but L2TP can create a tunnel between two IP-based device anywhere in the world (if they are reachable from each other).

Suppose there are two computer A and B which are connected to a R:

A <------> R <--------> B

A cannot tunnels to B using PPPOE because A and B are not in the same broadcast domain but a tunnel could be created using L2TP protocol.

Other differences are in authentication and encryption methods which L2TP is more flexible in authentication and is more secure in encryption.

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