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Network Basic Input-Output System

Overview[1]#

Network Basic Input-Output System (NetBIOS) is an API which provides services related to the session layer of the OSI-Model allowing applications on separate computers to communicate over a Local Area Network.

Network Basic Input-Output System strictly an API and is not a networking protocol.

Network Basic Input-Output System was developed in 1983 by Sytek Inc. as an API for software communication over IBM PC Network LAN technology. On PC-Network, as an API alone, NetBIOS relied on proprietary Sytek networking protocols for communication over the wire. Because PC Network only supported up to 80 devices in its most accommodating mode (baseband), NetBIOS was itself designed with limited nodes in mind.

More Information#

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  • [#1] - NetBIOS - based on information obtained 2016-12-10