Review of Network Protocols

12 Jun

Why do tech support people insist on using terminology that means next to nothing to the end user? Our tech support guy does it all the time.

In a recent conversation the term “network protocols” was used several times. Other than having heard the term before I wasn’t really sure what he was talking about. So I did some research.

Network communication is defined by network protocols. A network protocol is a formal set of rules, conventions and data structure that governs how computers exchange information over a network.

In other words, network protocol is a standard procedure and format that two data communication devices must understand, accept and use to be able to talk to each other.

The most famous network protocol family is TCP/IP suite, which is the technical foundation of the Internet.

Network protocols are defined by many standard organizations worldwide and technology vendors over years of technology evolution and developments. Remembering them all is next to impossible.

These resources will help.

Network Protocols Guide

Network Dictionary

The Network Protocols Map Poster

TCP/IP Quick Guide


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