TCP/IP is rapidly becoming the standard protocol for networking. One common error is to call TCP/IP the transport protocol. Actually, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) are the two protocols that are used for the actual transport.
The reference to TCP/IP is more accurately a reference to the networking suite or protocol family that contains other protocols useful for everything from transferring files with File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to overcoming challenges with tools like PING and TRACERT. That leaves the IP part to explain, which is examined next.
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