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Layer 2 Forwarding protocol

(also L2F, Layer 2 Forwarding)

Layer 2 Forwarding protocol definition

Layer 2 Forwarding protocol is an active network protocol used to facilitate secure virtual private network (VPN) connections. It operates at the OSI model's data link layer (Layer 2) and enables the transparent transfer of data packets between remote users and private networks.

See also: V2Ray protocol, Protocol stack

Layer 2 Forwarding protocol use cases

  • Remote Workforce. L2F securely connects remote workers to the corporate network. It enables access to resources and promotes productivity regardless of location.
  • Branch Office Connectivity. Layer 2 Forwarding establishes secure connections between branch offices and the main network, facilitating seamless data transfer, communication, and centralized management.
  • Partner and Vendor Access. L2F allows secure VPN connections for partners, vendors, or contractors requiring controlled access to specific network resources.
  • Secure Data Transfer. L2F safeguards data transfer between locations or systems, maintaining confidentiality and protection against unauthorized access, ideal for sensitive industries.
  • Mobile Connectivity. Level 2 Forwarding supports secure VPN connectivity for mobile devices. It ensures encrypted and secure connections to corporate networks.
  • Multi-site Collaboration. L2F enables secure communication and resource sharing among geographically dispersed sites, promoting efficient data exchange and unified network management.