Provider Edge Router

A Provider Edge router (PE router) is a router between one network service provider’s area and areas administered by other network providers. A network provider is usually an Internet Service Provider as well (or only that).

The term PE router covers equipment capable of a broad range of routing protocols, notably:

PE routers do not need to be aware of what kind of traffic is coming from the provider’s network, as opposed to a P Router that functions as a transit within the service provider’s network. However, some PE routers also do labelling.