Bridged tap adapter on both ends

Another advanced use case of a dedicated point-to-point VPN is to bridge two remote network segments together. OpenVPN allows you to bridge two network segments with the same IP address range together to form a single transparent network segment. It is generally not advisable to do this, as the performance of such a bridged network will not be optimal. In some cases, it is unavoidable. Normally, it would be better to assign different subnets to both ends, but sometimes special software is tied to a specific IP address and there is no alternative but to have the same subnet on both ends.

Consider the following network layout:

At the client-side, the network is in use—with the OpenVPN client found at ...

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