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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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Chapter 46. TRANSMISSION CONTROL PROTOCOL (TCP) FUNDAMENTALS AND GENERAL OPERATION

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Many people have a difficult time understanding how the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) works. After spending dozens of hours writing almost 100 pages on the protocol, I am quite sympathetic! I think a main reason for the difficulty is that many descriptions of the protocol leap too quickly from a brief introduction straight into the mind-boggling details of TCP's operation. The problem is that TCP works in a very particular way. Its operation is built around a few very important fundamentals that you absolutely must understand before the details of TCP operation ...

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