Chapter 48. TCP MESSAGE FORMATTING AND DATA TRANSFER

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The previous chapter described how two devices using the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) establish a TCP connection, as well as how that connection is managed and eventually terminated. While connections are a key part of how TCP works, they are really just a means to the ultimate end of the protocol: sending data. By employing the TCP sliding window mechanism, a special segment format, and several features, TCP devices are able to package and send data over the connection, enabling applications to communicate.

This chapter describes the actual mechanism by which TCP messages are formatted ...

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