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network interface layer (NIL)

The Network InterfaceLayer (NIL) is the lowest layer in the TCP/IP protocol stack. It ensures the adaptation of the data packets to the physical transmission media

. TCP/IP is designed to be independent of the access method, the frame format and the transmission medium. Therefore, TCP/IP is suitable for a wide variety of network types and can be used in both local area networks (LAN) such as Ethernet and wide area networks such as Frame Relay or ATM


TCP/IP architecture in the OSI reference model

TCP/IP architecture in the OSI reference model

The Network Interface Layer roughly corresponds to the physical layer and the data link layer of the OSI reference model. Above the Network Interface Layer is the Internet Layer, which is responsible for addressing, packaging and routing. Among other things, the Internet Protocol (IP) resides on this layer.

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Englisch: network interface layer - NIL
Updated at: 19.10.2012
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