The Presentation Layer of OSI Model

The presentation layer (Layer 6) ensures that the message is presented to the upper layer in a standardized format. It deals with the syntax and the semantics of the messages.

The main functions of the presentation layer are as follows −

  • It encodes the messages from the user dependent format to the common format and vice versa, for communication among dissimilar systems.
  • It is responsible for data encryption and decryption of sensitive data before they are transmitted over common channels.
  • It is also responsible for data compression. Data compression is done at the source to reduce the number of bits to be transmitted. It reduces the storage space and increases the file transfer rate. It is particularly useful for transmission of large multimedia files.

Updated on: 17-Jun-2020

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