Understanding TCP/IP Basics

TCP/IP, the acronym that has become a de facto name for a network communications protocol, stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. TCP/IP has become so ubiquitous that many think of it, not just as a communications protocol, but as the only network communications protocol. Although not the only protocol out there (AppleTalk, covered later in this chapter, is one of the others), TCP/IP has proven flexible enough to support different types of data with a large range of requirements for delivery, timing, and reliability.

Basically, the TCP/IP protocol can be thought of as specifying the manner in which pieces of data should be transferred between two machines. This protocol includes the notion that ...

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