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TCP/IP Protocol Suite and Architecture
Just as Ethernet rules the roost
when it comes to LAN technologies and IEEE 802.11 is the boss of the
wireless LAN world, modern internetworking is dominated by the suite
known as TCP/IP. Named for two key protocols of the many that
comprise it, TCP/IP has been in continual development and use for about
three decades. In that time, it has evolved from an experimental technology
used to hook together a handful of research computers, to the powerhouse
of the largest and most complex computer network in history: the global
Internet, connecting together millions of networks and end devices.
In this section I begin our magical
tour through the mystical world of TCP/IP. J
I begin with an overview of TCP/IP and a brief look at its very interesting
history. I discuss the services provided in TCP/IP networks, and then
explain the architectural model used under TCP/IP. I then provide a
brief description of each of the most important TCP/IP protocols that
are discussed in this Guide.
You may have noticed that this section
is relatively small, even though its title seems to encompass the entire
subject of this TCP/IP Guide. The reason is that this section only provides
a high-level overview of TCP/IP. Most of the content of the Guide is
concerned with explaining the several dozen individual protocols that
comprise TCP/IP; these can be found in other sections and subsections
of the Guide. For convenience, you can also find direct links to the
descriptions of these protocols in the TCP/IP Protocols
topic in this section.
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