Chapter 45. TCP OVERVIEW, FUNCTIONS, AND CHARACTERISTICS

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As I mentioned in Chapter 42, the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is a critically important part of the TCP/IP protocol suite. It's also a fairly complicated protocol, with a lot of important concepts and mechanisms that you need to understand. The old joke says the "best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time." Similarly here, you can best comprehend the operation of this complicated protocol by going slowly, starting with a high-level look at it, where it came from, and what it does.

In this chapter, I begin by introducing you to TCP. I first provide an overview and history of ...

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