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Understanding the Network: A Practical Guide to Internetworking by Martin J. Michael

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Chapter 2. The Networker's Guide to TCP/IP

TCP/IP is the predominant network protocol in use today. Although proprietary networking protocols, like AppleTalk and IPX, still enjoy widespread use on local area networks (LANs), the increased demand for desktop-level access to the Internet, which utilizes the TCP/IP protocol suite for host to host communication has lead many networking environments to implement TCP/IP and abandon their proprietary protocol implementations altogether or implement TCP/IP alongside their proprietary LAN protocols. TCP/IP is well suited for both local and wide area networking applications, and is easily scalable to support networks of any size. It is not only capable of coexisting with other Layer 3 protocols, IP can ...

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