(also protocol translation)
Protocol conversion refers to the process of transforming data from one communication protocol to another to enable communication between devices or systems that use different protocols. This is essential for seamless connectivity and interoperability in networks because it allows data exchange between various devices and systems that otherwise would be unable to communicate.
While protocol conversion translates data between different communication protocols, protocol tunneling encapsulates data from one protocol within another without translation. Tunneling is often used to create secure connections, such as in virtual private networks (VPNs), where data is encapsulated within an encrypted tunnel.
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