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Understanding the Network: A Practical Guide to Internetworking by Martin J. Michael

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IEEE 802 LAN Standards and Logical Link Control

In 1980, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) began work on the development of LAN/MAN standards: IEEE project 802. Its charter was to develop a set of OSI-RM Layer 1 and Layer 2 protocol standards for LANs and MANs. These standards specified the operational definitions for a collection of logical interfaces that make up the transmission interface that resides on OSI-RM Layers 1 and 2.

Logical interfaces are needed so that different transmission protocols can interact with one another in an efficient manner. Each logical interface defines a "handoff" point that must be able to provide a specific service. Establishment of such a point enables different transmission protocols ...

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