The Internet Protocol Suite

The java.net package provides a set of classes that support network programming using the communication protocols employed by the Internet. These protocols are known as the Internet protocol suite and include the Internet Protocol (IP), the Transport Control Protocol (TCP), and the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) as well as other, less prominent supporting protocols.

Computers on the Internet communicate by exchanging packets of data, known as Internet Protocol (IP) packets. IP is the network protocol that is used to send information from one computer to another over the Internet. All computers on the Internet communicate use IP, which moves information that is contained in IP packets. The packets are routed via special ...

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