Virtual Private LAN Service

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What Does Virtual Private LAN Service Mean?

Virtual private LAN service (VPLS) is a type of virtual private network technology that enables the connection of one or more local area networks (LANs) over the Internet through a single bridged connection. VPLS use Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching to provide an Ethernet interface or connection to the customers or subscribers on an Internet connection. This is done through the use of edge routers.

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Techopedia Explains Virtual Private LAN Service

VPLS is primarily implemented to provide remote subscribers with an LAN-type connection over a virtual private network (VPN). VPLS supports most network connectivity types, including point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, multipoint-to-point and more. When subscribers log in to the virtual private LAN, they are provided with the features and impression of a standard LAN connection. The VPLS uses a VPN to create and manage connections and to move subscriber data within the network. Moreover, the subscriber can change location and still connect to the virtual LAN.

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