If there's a downside to TCP/IP, it's that compared to other protocols, TCP/IP is much more complex to implement and manage. However, we're still not talking about brain surgery here. With just a smattering of background information, the mysteries of TCP/IP will become clear, and your configuration chores will become downright comprehensible. That's my goal in this section: to give you enough knowledge about TCP/IP plumbing to stand you in good stead when you get down to the brass tacks of actually setting up, using, and, if necessary, troubleshooting TCP/IP.
What Is TCP/IP?
Although people often speak of TCP/IP as being a protocol, it is in fact a suite of protocols (more than 100 in all!) housed under one roof. Here's a ...