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The OSI Model

What it is, how it's used and a brief look at each layer.

Kyle MacDougall

on 7 April 2015

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The OSI Model
The OSI (Open System Interconnect) model was created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1984
It defines all of the basic services a network should provide
The model is divided into seven layers, each of which plays a key role in processing data and requests, enabling data to be transmitted between any two points in a network
Each layer interacts directly with the one beneath it and provides functionality for the layer above it
The OSI model...
Helps us maintain consistency within all types of network protocols and services
Is not intended to be specific to any particular scenario or to provide a sufficient level of detail to precisely define the services of a network

There are a few mnemonics you could use to help you remember the seven layers:

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Data Link
...the OSI model helps us to ensure interoperability
Whilst the OSI model isn't implemented in the real world (that's where the TCP/IP model comes in) it's still very useful for two main reasons:

1. It aids in providing a clearer understanding of all the functions and processes involved in networking
2. It can be utilised to help troubleshoot complex problems if you work from the
physical layer up
- it's no good if you end up spending hours configuring an application when the actual problem was that a cable had come loose!
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Provides network access for applications (e.g. web browsers, email clients)
Features protocols including:

Translates data into a format usable by the application layer above
Responsible for:
Data conversion

Allows applications on connecting systems to establish a session
Provides synchronisation between communicating computers
Manages and terminates sessions as needed, determining how communications will occur
Deals with authentication, authorisation and session restoration
Features VPN protocols such as PPTP and L2TP

Responsible for
Segments and reassembles data into data streams
Establishes, maintains and ensures orderly termination of virtual circuits
Can also detect faults in data transfer and can provide recovery and information flow control

The network layer is mostly concerned with routing
Data units are called 'packets'
IP (including logical addressing i.e. IP addressing)

data transmission services by managing the physical layer below
Switching, bridging, NICs
Data units are called 'frames'
Ethernet II, 802.3, 802.11, physical addressing i.e. MAC addressing, VLANs

Concerned with the ‘nuts & bolts’ of the network; the electrical, the mechanical and timing issues etc.
Hubs, repeaters, DCE and DTE
Electrical signals, radio waves

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