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Network Protocols

A network protocol is a type of software that formats data and facilitates the transport of that data over a local or wide area network. Although more than one protocol may be installed on a system, running multiple protocols increases memory demands on client computers and produces excessive network traffic. A more efficient approach is to use only the protocol or protocols necessary to communicate with other computers on your network.

Windows 98 supports three prominent network transport protocols: NetBEUI, TCP/IP, and IPX/SPX. Each of these protocols has advantages and disadvantages, as outlined here:


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