Glossary of Internet Terms
©2000 by Walt Howe
(last updated 22 October 2012)
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This Internet Glossary is growing. Terms and definitions are being added all the time. If you have comments, corrections, or suggested additions, please send them to Walt Howe using the form at the end of the Glossary. My thanks for the many suggestions that already have been included.
Web Developers! See how to link to terms in the glossary from your web page.
- OffLine Reader. Software which will collect messages for you from mail, newsgroups, and message bases, send new ones you have written, and let you read and respond offline.
- Acronym for Open Systems Interconnect. This is a model for connecting computers together in a network. The model consists of seven distinct and separate layers of protocols.
- Physical or Data Transport Layer. This most basic layer moves data over cables based on the physical address of each Network Interface Card (NIC). The most common types are ethernet and token ring. Ethernet terminals and server (if present) are connected by a hub.
- Data Link Layer. This layer frames the packets of data that are sent through the network with a header and a footer that include CRC data for error checking. PPP, frame relay, and X.25 operate at this layer. Bridges connect local networks of the same type at this layer.
- Network or Internet Protocol Layer. This layer puts an Internet Protocol wrapper around the data with source and destination addresses and sequencing information in its header. Routers, which connect networks of different types together, operate at this layer.
- Transport Layer. This layer governs the setting of suitable packet sizes, segmenting and reassembling data, detecting errors, and flow control. Packets are often received out of order and with errors. At this level, packets are sequenced correctly, and requests for error free packets are transmitted until error-free packets have all been received.
- Session Layer. This layer polices the communications between sender and destination. Only one end can speak at a time. It executes transactions like saving a file. If something interrupts the save, the session layer returns the action to its previous state, preventing corruption of data, and the transaction can be attempted again.
- Presentation Layer. This layer provides a standard interface between the network and application layers, allowing a wide variety of applications to exist.
- Application Layer. This layer provides for standard interfaces for such functions as message handling and file transfer and remote login. It allows, for example, for different e-mail programs to be used, as long as they conform to the standard application layer interface. If you send a message constructed in VMSMAIL on a VAX system, it can be read by Eudora on a Windows system as long as the standard application interface for message handling is followed by both programs.
- Acronym for On The Other Hand often used in chat.
For Web Developers: How to Link to the glossary terms.
You can link to any term in this glossary with a link in this form:
Replace the asterisk in *.html with the first letter of the term you are linking to. Terms with more than one word will generally use an underline to link the words.