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data link layer
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networking Layer two, the second lowest layer in the OSI
seven layer model. The data link layer splits data into
frames (see fragmentation) for sending on the physicallayer and receives acknowledgement frames. It performs error
checking and re-transmits frames not received correctly. It
provides an error-free virtual channel to the network layer.
The data link layer is split into an upper sublayer, LogicalLink Control (LLC), and a lower sublayer, Media AccessControl (MAC).