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Internetworking Technologies Handbook, Fourth Edition by Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Chapter 35. Internet Protocols

Objectives

  • Introduce the IP protocol, one of the most prolific and popular protocols used today.

  • Discuss the structures and addressing of this protocol.

Background

The Internet protocols are the world's most popular open-system (nonproprietary) protocol suite because they can be used to communicate across any set of interconnected networks and are equally well suited for LAN and WAN communications. The Internet protocols consist of a suite of communication protocols, of which the two best known are the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP).

The Internet protocol suite not only includes lower-layer protocols (such as TCP and IP), but it also specifies common applications such as electronic ...

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