Ethernet frame

Updated: 10/04/2017 by Computer Hope

In computer networking, the term Ethernet frame refers to the contents of a single packet of data transmitted over an Ethernet connection.

Contents of an Ethernet frame

  • The preamble (a seven byte identifying pattern that devices on the network use to detect incoming frames).
  • A start frame delimiter, also known as an SFD (a one-byte value marking the end of the preamble).
  • Both the source and a destination MAC address.
  • The EtherType field (a two-byte value representing either the length of the frame or the specific protocol type).
  • The payload, which contains the actual data being transmitted.
  • The frame check sequence, also known as an FCS (a four-byte redundancy check used to ensure the frame data was not corrupted during transfer).

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