PPPOE PADI

PPPoE EXPLAINED

PPPoE EXPLAINED

PPPOE-Point to Point protocol over ethernet is a network layer protocol and is used to encapsulate the PPP frames inside the ethernet frames.It was mainly used to tunnel packets from the DSL network to the IP network and then to rest of internet.

PPPoE has two stages the PPPoE discovery stage and the session stage

Foloowed by LCP and NCP protocols -Link control protocol and Network control Protocol

PPPoE DISCOVERY

Unlike ATM virual circuit or serial circuits there is no dialup that establishes connection during the dialup, instead Ethernet networks are multiaccess networks where each node can access every other node. To send data to the intended recipient the Hardware address or the MAC address of the destination node is to be encode in the PPP frame.

Hence before exchanging PPP control packets to establish the connection over Ethernet, the MAC address of the two end points should be known to each other so that they can be encoded in these control packets. The PPPoE Discovery stage does exactly this. In addition it also helps establish a Session ID that can be used for further exchange of packets.

PPPeE Session

Once the MAC address of the peer is known a session is established and the session stage starts.

PPPOE  Discovery Phase

PPPoE acts like client-server model. Where the host computer acts as the client and the ISP side access modem acts as the server.

PADI-CLIENT TO SERVER :INITIATION

PADI is a broadcast packet.For two nodes to communicate in an ethernet network, it is required to know the destination MAC address,if a user wants to dialup to the internet via  DSL access concentrator (DSL-AC) at the user’s Internet service provider‘s point of presence (POP).Hence the PADI is a broadcast packet as the computer does not know the MAC address of the DSL-AC.(Broadcast MAC: ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff).

PADI contains the host users source MAC and a destination broadcast address.

PADI packets have code 0x09
PPP-over-Ethernet Discovery
   0001 …. = Version: 1
    …. 0001 = Type: 1
    Code: Active Discovery Initiation (PADI) (0x09)
    Session ID: 0x0000
    Payload Length: 4
    PPPoE Tags

padi

PADO-SERVER TO CLIENT:OFFER

Once the server receives the PADI Broadcast, the server replies with a PADO message to the client using the MAC address in the PADI packet along with the servers MAC address. Multiple servers may reply to a PADI message . User can make the choice to which server to reply.

PADO message has a code of 0x07
PPP-over-Ethernet Discovery
    0001 …. = Version: 1
    …. 0001 = Type: 1
    Code: Active Discovery Offer (PADO) (0x07)
    Session ID: 0x0000
    Payload Length: 25
    PPPoE Tags
        AC-Name: SpirentTestCenter

 

PADO

PADR-CLIENT TO SERVER:REQUEST

On recipit of a PADO message the client sends a PADR -PPPoE active discovery request message to the server indicating the acceptance of the connection from that PPPoE server.

PADR message has a code 0x19
PPP-over-Ethernet Discovery
    0001 …. = Version: 1
    …. 0001 = Type: 1
    Code: Active Discovery Request (PADR) (0x19)
    Session ID: 0x0000
    Payload Length: 4
    PPPoE Tags

PADR

PADS-SERVER TO CLIENT:SESSION

Once a successful Request message is received by the server .The server responds to the client with a PPPoE Active Discovery Session-confirmation PADS message with the Session ID .Now the connection between the server and the client is established successfully.

PADR message has a code 0x65
PPP-over-Ethernet Discovery
    0001 …. = Version: 1
    …. 0001 = Type: 1
    Code: Active Discovery Session-confirmation (PADS) (0x65)
    Session ID: 0x0001
    Payload Length: 25
    PPPoE Tags
        AC-Name: SpirentTestCenter

PADS

PADT-BOTH WAYSTERMINATION:TERMINATION

The client or the server can initiate a PPPoE Active Discovery Termination message .This connection terminates the connection to the server.

PADR message has a code 0x65
PPP-over-Ethernet Discovery
    0001 …. = Version: 1
    …. 0001 = Type: 1
    Code: Active Discovery Terminate (PADT) (0xa7)
    Session ID: 0x0001
    Payload Length: 0

PADT

Also Read,

LCP-Link control protocol

NCP-Network control protocl

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