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For questions about the Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) model defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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Network Protocol vs Framework?

I've been a network engineer for almost 4 years now. I thought I understand what a network protocol means. but now I'm having doubts. For me, Ethernet is a protocol used at layer 2. there would be ...
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Unicast and Multicast MAC address convention

I need help in understanding how Unicast and Multicast MAC address is differentiated as explained in wiki. According to what I understood, when the least significant bit is set as 0 in the first octet ...
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OSI Layer Model

I have been searching out for in depth knowledge of OSI layer model. I want to know that what information does a Application, Presentation and session layer header contains. Moreover where do these ...
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Understanding OSI communication model from Electronics Perspective [duplicate]

I have gone through the OSI communication model and the associated levels. But I do not understand on how is this implemented in the Hardware level. Or let me put it like this. Suppose we have a USB ...
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What steps must be accomplished in each layer of the TCP/IP model to connect a website?

What steps must be accomplished in each layer of the TCP/IP model to connect a website?
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How does a 802.11 (wifi) frame identify the payload's layer 3 protocol?

My understanding is that the 802.11 frame header is an equivalent of ether header. In the ether header, there is an EtherType field that identifies the payload protocol, such as IPv4/IPv6/ARP etc. ...
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Confusion about TCP/IP data flow in layers

I'm confused about how the data flows through the layers of the TCP/IP model, so I'll just tell what I think it happens (using an email example) and I'd appreciate if you can point my mistakes. ...
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Are PEPs (Performance Enhancing Proxies) strictly “below layer 4” devices?

I am a software bubba, not network, and PEPs are new to me. Ideally, if they're strictly "below layer 4", it'd be nice to leave them as "new stuff, but lives at layer 4" and ignore them. However... ...
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What Invariants/guarantees do various layers of the OSI model provide? [duplicate]

I saw it stated in an answer to this other question What transmission service gurantees does Ethernet give? that every layer of the OSI model provides both "hard" and "soft" guarantees to the layer ...
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Transport layer segmentation and Ip layer fragmentation [duplicate]

From the OSI Model's point of view: If we already have Ip fragmentation which happen due to the network limitation, why the transport layer provides the segmentation mechanism via TCP protocol? why ...
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Why TCP is not in layer 5? [duplicate]

I read that TCP is in layer 4. But i also read that to send data with TCP i have to establish a session (in the handshaking phase). Does this mean that if we work only up to layer 4 TCP is useless (...
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Logical Link Control (LLC) vs Medium Access Control (MAC)

What differs the LLC sublayer from the MAC sublayer? From what I've understood - The MAC sublayer does what the PHY layer should be doing: detection (error, collision), channel listening, analog-to-...
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Understanding EUI-64

I was reading Forouzan's book. It says following: In IPv4 addressing, there is not a specific relation between the hostid (at the IP level) and link-layer address (at the data-link layer) because ...
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In IP, to what extent are the network addresses coordinates?

Routing of data relies on being able to reach the destination address. There are network addressing systems proposed where the addresses are coordinates, Vivaldi from MIT, for example. The routing in ...
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how OSI and TCP/IP layers work? [duplicate]

I am really confused by how the layers these model work. I'm not asking about what are their functions. I read that transport layer provides end-to-end of all packet delivery, and networking also ...
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Do routers understand transport protocol?

We are taught about the difference between hubs, switches, and routers. A hub is a layer 1 device, it only knows layer 1 and doesn't care about layer 2 and above. Similarly, a switch is a layer 2 ...
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Which physical layers are part of PROFINET?

I understand that Profinet builds on Ethernet, but I am not quite sure how. Ethernet has a lot of different standards for the physical layer, eg 10Base2 (coaxial, 10 Mbit/s), 100Base-TX (twisted ...
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VPNs are working in which layer of the OSI model? [closed]

As the following picture shows, it is possible to categorize VPNs in two general categories: Client-based VPNs Network-based VPNs When it is required to choose a VPN for implementation in a network, ...
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Whats the security difference between Policy Based IPSec VPN tunnel vs HTTPS + Basic auth

We have several customers with the same service installed within their DMZ. This service is a HTTPS server. The server does not have authentication, this is solved by configuring the NetScaler ...
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What's the meaning of `circuit level gateway`?

The proxy server is an important security function provided by the Internet "circuit level gateway". Its work is mainly at the session layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, which acts ...
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LLC connections

TCP establishes a logical connection before sending data,where LLC connections are physical and are being held just between two computers,not more. Is this correct? If so,why LLC=LOGICAL LINK ...
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why can't we use the sequence number to distinguish them since every packet has a different sequence number? [closed]

It is a question from Networking stanford course. A server typically listens for TCP connections on a particular port (e.g. 80 for HTTP or 22 for SSH). Which fields can the server use to ...
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At which OSI layer a user-generated data resides?

I am getting a bit confused about which OSI layer is being used to store user-generated data. As far as I understand the process of encapsulation, the higher layers (starting with layer 7 - ...
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How to explain the data flow of OSI model layers in a single picture [duplicate]

Take an example of searching www.example.com in a web browser. I have some confusions at each layer and they are We have opened a web browser and searched for www.example.com. Now, As far as I know, ...
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Do the concepts of IP address and network interface not belong to the same layer?

https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/508065/674 You are confusing the device driver layers and the IP layers of the stack. At the IP layer, 127.0.0.1 is just another IP address and treated the ...
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Message formatting and encapsulation

I've gotten confused when reading about encapsulation and the OSI and TCP/IP models. I first read about message formatting and encapsulation and the diagram I read showed: Destination | Source and ...
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OSI Model vs Network Model: Does It Matter Which One You Use?

The OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) model is comprised of the following layers: 7. Application Layer 6. Presentation Layer 5. Session Layer 4. Transport Layer 3. Network Layer 2. Data Link ...
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Using sound waves in layer 1

Is it possible, in theory, to use sound waves as the physical medium to transmit data over a network? In other words, could you implement layer 1 of the OSI networking model using sound waves or am ...
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OSI layer of Neighbor Discovery Protocol

NDP operates using ICMPv6 and, even though ICMPv6 messages are encapsulated in payload field of IPv6 datagram, ICMPv6 and ICMP are usually considered as network layer protocols. At least, on Wikipedia ...
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Abstract service primitive

In SNMP RFC documents, often the concept of abstract service primitive (ASP) is used. What is ASP in fact ? I think it is also used in ISO OSI.
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Session layer vs Transport layer

It seems both do the same thing (or establishing a session between two hosts differs from establishing a connection between two?) So what exactly is the difference here that make us consider them as ...
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Do protocols ever have standards that affect multiple layers of networking?

I'm reading about higher-level protocols such as HTTP and SOAP (concerning the application layer at the highest level) in addition to lower-level ones such as TCP. So far these protocols concern only ...
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Where does DNS resolution fit within the TCP/IP stack?

I know that it's possible to whitelist/blacklist IP addresses (for example, only allowing a few external IP addresses to be contacted from within a VPN). But since IP address destinations are the ...
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Dependency between IEEE 802 and OSI model [duplicate]

My question is focussed on IEEE 802.11x for (WLAN) and 802.15.1 (Bluetooth) Wikipedia and other sources underline, that the mentioned IEEE standards just define the PHY and MAC layer from the OSI ...
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Data link layer acknowledgement

I'm confused with some concepts please help me out, Data link layer manage flow control hop to hop. Flow control requires acknowledgement receiving but If we observe data link layer header, it does ...
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Are there any network devices that can be configured to add information from one layer to another?

If I have a corporate network, no WWW Internet outside of it, only different subnets. Can a Cisco router or switch be configured to take information from one layer and embed it in another layer? For ...
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What is the physical representation of the OSI model?

I read on the Internet that the NIC resides on the physical layer of the OSI model so what about the other 6 layers. I know what they actually do but i want to know how it's done. In other wards, what ...
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Do OSI and TCP/IP models use the same protocols?

OSI is known for using hundreds of protocols to do its job. Both OSI and TCP/IP have Transport and Network(Internet) layers where TCP and IP protocols work respectively. It is clear that TCP/IP model ...
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How to add new tasks to layers of OSI or TCP/IP?

Which software and hardware parts of a computer are responsible for adding or removing values to the initial payload of a data packet in every layer of OSI or TCP/IP model? In other words, which parts ...
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Is the addressing done at transport layer or network layer of OSI?

According to the OSI model, the transport layer divides the data into segments and then attaches the source IP and destination IP along with the port numbers. Also it is said that the network layer ...
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what are multiple formats of message when passed through all the TCP/IP layers

I was wondering how the message changes its form or structure while passing through multiple layers. Consider host 'A' sending "Hello" as message to host 'B'. So how it changes its form while ...
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How is Network Access Layer/Link Layer of TCP/IP model different from Layer 1 and Layer 2 of OSI?

I was reading CCNA R&S book by Todd Lammle, I saw this in the chapter TCP/IP Basics under Network Access/Link Layer Advantage of this layer over Layer 1 and Layer 2 of OSI model is that there ...
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Why do we need FTP when there are layers to transmit data?

In OSI, there are layers for routing, encapsulating and transmitting the data. Then why do we need FTP? I read the following definition of FTP in books: FTP is used for transferring files on ...
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Error Detection across OSI layers confusion

Confusion: How does the transmitter know that his information( bits in physical layer, frames in data link layer, packet in network layer ) was transmitted correctly to the receiver? I know that in ...
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What requirements must general firewall/routing software meet, to make OSI 2 port mirroring work correctly?

The basics are obvious, but there are technical points of networking implication which I don't understand. Some of these are general to networking, others general to all routing/firewall softwares ...
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What is the difference between TCP/IP protocol and TCP model?

We know that there are two models OSI and TCP model. But TCP/IP protocol is different from TCP model as this protocol used in both OSI as well as TCP model. So why the two are named the same is ...
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Does the OSI model support connectionless communication in the transport layer? [closed]

In section 7.4.4.1.2 of ISO/IEC 7498-1:1994(E) it begins with: In connectionless-mode, the Transport Layer provides the following functions to support connectionless-mode transmission: But many web ...
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OSI model peer communication

"In OSI model, each layer provides a protocol to communicate with its peer. When a packet is transmitted by a layer, a header consisting of Protocol Control Information (PCI) is added to the data to ...
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Why Ethernet was chosen to be the primary protocol + why carrier ethernet was created?

I'm currently trying to investigate the extra benefit that Ethernet has to offer for the internet today. As far as i investigated & know, Ethernet gives us a new hardware, cables and functionality ...
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Does the physical layer is OSI ISO model add any header?

According to OSI model, does the physical layer add any header to the date it receives from layer 2? Or is it simply sending the data frames it gets from layer2 as shown in the figure below? Are the ...