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 ...