Computer networking media sharing protocols

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Computer networking media sharing protocols allow two or more computers to connect to a physical or virtual medium. The most common case are the IEEE Project 802 medium access control (MAC) protocols for wired and wireless local area networks, but also include connection-oriented multiplexing protocols such as frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), and point-to-point protocol (PPP).

They assume the existence of Computer networking media attachment protocols|computer networking media attachment protocols, which manage the attachment of a single computer to a medium.

These protocols may include various layer management protocols, such as address negotiation in PPP.