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Branch Connections

Chapter Description

Broadband solutions provide teleworkers with high-speed connection options to business locations and to the Internet. In this sample chapter from Connecting Networks v6 Companion Guide, identify branch connection options for small to medium-sized businesses, basic configuration for a PPPoE connection on a client router, and more.

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Key Terms

This chapter uses the following key terms. You can find the definitions in the Glossary.

PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE)

Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

radio frequency (RF)

hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC)

Data over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS)

antenna site

transportation network

distribution network

central office (CO)


subscriber drop




asymmetric DSL (ADSL)

symmetric DSL (SDSL)

DSL transceiver

DSL micro filter


dialer interface

maximum transmission unit (MTU)

maximum segment size (MSS)

VPN gateway


VPN client software

Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)

Next Hop Resolution Protocol (NHRP)

Next Hop Server (NHS)

Next Hop Clients (NHCs)


Multipoint Generic Routing Encapsulation (mGRE)

Passenger protocol

Carrier protocol

Transport protocol

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

AS number (ASN)

path vector routing protocol

external BGP (eBGP)

internal BGP (iBGP)



BGP peers

Network Address Translation (NAT)

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