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OSPF Network Design Solutions, Second Edition by Thomas M. Thomas

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TCP/IP Protocol Suite

A protocol is a set of rules and conventions that govern how devices on a network exchange information. This section discusses one of the more commonly used protocol suites: TCP/IP. This discussion does not provide sufficient information for an in-depth study of TCP/IP. Nevertheless, TCP/IP needs to be covered to some degree so that you can better understand the overall operation of network protocols; these discussions are expanded in later chapters concerning OSPF.

The TCP/IP protocol suite is also referred to as the TCP/IP stack, and it is one of the most widely implemented internetworking standards in use today. The term TCP/IP literally means Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. TCP and IP are the two core ...

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