Routed Bridged Encapsulation (RBE) is the process by which a stub-bridged segment is terminated on a point-to-point routed interface. Specifically, the router is routing on an IEEE 802.3 or Ethernet header carried over a point-to-point protocol, such as PPP, RFC 1483 ATM, or RFC 1490 Frame Relay.
RBE was developed to address the known RFC1483 bridging issues, including broadcast storms and security. Except for the fact that it operates exclusively over ATM, the RBE feature functions identically to half-bridging. Additional scalability, performance, and security can be achieved by using the unique characteristics of xDSL subscribers.