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Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) is an Internet standard for transmitting network layer datagrams (e.g. IP packets) over serial point-to-point links.

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PPP is defined by RFC 1661 and has a number of advantages over a Serial Line Internet Protocol (SLIP); it is designed to operate both over asynchronous connections and bit-oriented synchronous systems. The protocol is can configure connections to a remote network dynamically, and test that the link is usable. PPP can be configured to encapsulate different network layer protocols (such as IP, IPX, or AppleTalk) by using the appropriate Network Control Program (NCP). RFC 1220 describes how PPP can be used with remote bridging.[1]

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