Talk:Medium access control

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 Definition The set of protocols and administrative conventions that let multiple computers or communications devices share a common network medium, usually referring to a local area network medium, but also an area of radio communications on a given part of the electromagnetic spectrum [d] [e]

This article is something of an experiment, as it will cover the mechanisms classically called "MAC" on local area networks, but also the methods used in medium-range radio networks including cellular telephony and military tactical nets, and the space/time/wavelength resource sharing on long-haul media such as SONET/SDH, wavelength division multiplexing, microwave polarization multiplexing, etc.

They all deal with fundamentally the same problem, but the OSI concept of the data link layer does not cover the range; some of these, in OSI terms, are clearly physical layer. It is my intention to stress the similarities rather than the differences. Howard C. Berkowitz 18:10, 28 August 2008 (CDT)