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Chapter 14. How the Internet Works > Working with the File Transfer Protocol

Working with the File Transfer Protocol

One of the oldest of the TCP/IP stack protocols used on the Internet is the File Transfer Protocol (FTP). FTP is used to send and receive files over a TCP/IP network, regardless of the operating systems used on the computers sending and receiving the data.

FTP supplies the user interface and the various functions of the Application, Presentation, and Session layers of the OSI model. Although FTP is considered a protocol in the TCP/IP stack, it is also a full-blown application used on the Internet to send and receive files.


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