Network Protocols

A network protocol is a set of agreements and specifications for sending data over a network. Many network protocols are in use today. Let's dive into a quick overview of protocols used to help you become familiar with this domain to allow you to make informed infrastructure decisions.


Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is the network protocol that has the widest use in industry:

  • TCP/IP protocol stacks exist for all operating systems currently in use.

  • It is an extremely robust and reliable protocol.

  • It is routable, which means that it can be sent between disparate networks.

  • It is available for free with all operating systems. Even Netware, the home of the once very popular network protocol SPX, offers ...

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