frame relay



  • noun a communications protocol, similar to but more efficient to X.25, that operates at OSI level 2.


  • A packet switching protocol utilized in WANs, and for connections between LANs situated far from each other. It transmits variable-length packets, and supports transmission rates that range from 56 Kbps up to 44.736 Mbps, the signaling rate of a T3 or DS3 circuit. frame relay utilizes error checking instead of error correction, relying upon the dependable channels utilized.