What are Logical Link Control (LLC) and Medium Access Control(MAC)?

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Logic Link Control (LLC) Layer and Medium Access Control (MAC) layers are the sublayers of the Data link layer in the OSI reference model.

OSI reference model: It stands as Open Systems Interconnection. OSI is a 7 layer architecture which contains 7 layers. Each layer has its own specific functionality. All these 7 layers in the OSI model are used to transmit data.

Data Link Layer

In computer networking, the data link layer is the 2nd layer of the OSI reference model. The main function of this layer is to transmit data between nodes. The data link layer transmits data between network entities and also detects the errors which occurred on the physical layer.

Sub layers

Datalink layer contains two sub layers which are as follows −

  • The logical link control (LLC) sub layer

  • The medium access control (MAC) sub layer

Given below is the diagram of an Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model with LLC and MAC sub layers:

Logical link control (LLC) sub layer

The main functionality of the LLC layer is that it multiplexes the protocols over the MAC layer while sending and de-multiplex the protocols while receiving. This layer controls the flow control.

The error-checking of the data link layer is performed by LLC. It can also track the acknowledgments.

While transmitting data, if LLC detects any frame loss, immediately it sends back to the source to transmit over again. The LLC layer comes above the MAC layer and acts as an interface between the upper layers and the MAC layer.

Medium access control (MAC) sub layer

MAC address is defined and the Media Access Control address. It is a unique address that is allocated to the NIC of the device. It is used as an address to transmit data within ethernet or Wi-Fi.

This layer acts as an interface between the physical layer and the LLC layer in the OSI model. The main responsibility of the MAC layer is that it encapsulates the frames during transmission so that, whether they are suitable.

The MAC layer identifies and verifies the address of source stations and destinations. MAC layer performs multiple access resolution when there are more data frames.

MAC layer coordinates with the physical layer to seize a shared channel by using multiple MAC entities to avoid collisions.

Ethernet is an example of a medium that is defined through the MAC sublayer.

Updated on 15-Sep-2021 08:58:03