Chapter 9. Network and Internet Connections

I'm going to start this chapter with a little Networking 101. It will be fun—really. For those of you who already know everything about TCP/IP and how IP networks operate, you can skip ahead a few paragraphs.

Communication over the Internet takes place using something called the TCP/IP protocol suite. TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, and it is the basic underlying means by which all this magic communication takes place. Everything you do on the Net, whether it is surfing your favorite sites, sending and receiving emails, chatting via some instant messaging client, or listening to an audio broadcast—all these things ride on TCP/IP's virtual back.

TCP/IP is often referred ...

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