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Appendix A. Introduction to Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

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Without the transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) suite, there would be no Internet today or at least it would look and operate a lot differently than it does now! Although some might argue that better protocol suites have been developed over the years, none has lasted as long as or has adapted to new situations as well as TCP/IP. In the early 1980s, most computer manufacturers were still using their own proprietary networking protocols (such as DECnet). New upstarts like Novell's NetWare IPX/SPX and Microsoft's LAN Manager were trying to define the networking landscape. However, TCP/IP had already begun its eventual domination of the networking world. The Open System Interconnect (OSI) network protocols were developed to give a single set of protocols that could be run on multiple hardware and software platforms so that everyone could share the same protocols and therefore exchange data seamlessly. However, by the time these protocols were seriously considered, TCP/IP had already made itself the de facto standard by being the networking protocol suite used on the ARPANET, which was the forerunner of what is today's Internet.


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