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Protocols and Protocol Stacks

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Note: Many topics at this site are reduced versions of the text in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications." Search results will not be as extensive as a search of the book's CD-ROM.

Network architectures are blueprints for building communication systems. The architectures are multilayered and each layer defines a specific type of communication. Bottom layers define how to transmit bits across physical links. Upper layers define how to build network applications that can use networks. Intermediate layers define connectionless and connection-oriented network services. See "Network Architecture" for more information.

Within each layer, specific types of protocols are available to accomplish a specific task. For example, the lower layers define different link protocols such as Ethernet, token ring, ATM, frame relay, and so on. There are perhaps hundreds of protocols that occupy the different layers of the various network architectures. The best place to view a complete list and get additional information on almost all the network protocols available is at the link listed here.

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