Network Protocols

Last Updated on 12 April 2011, Total: 48 Articles and Tutorials

This section contains articles that will help you understand how networked computers communicate with each other using a pre-defined set of rules, otherwise known as a protocol.

  1. Understanding the TCP/IP Protocol (Part 1)

    The world of computer networking is built upon a series of protocols. These very same protocols are the worker bees that keep the packets flowing from one computer to another. Gaining an understanding of them greatly helps one to understand how computers talk to each other. This series of articles will attempt to convey that very knowledge... Read More

  2. Understanding the TCP/IP Protocol (Part 2)

    In part one of this article series we laid out the background information necessary to tackle this article’s information. Contained in this article is the actual breakdown of a packet’s contents, and what they mean. This type of low level TCP/IP information will enable you to make far better judgement calls when investigating network issues at the packet level... Read More

  3. Understanding the TCP/IP Protocol (Part 3)

    In part two we broke off analysis of the packet with the Win Size metric. In this final part we will cover the remaining metrics, as well as cover what all those hex values mean. Being able to understand what the hex values mean is also key to becoming a good network engineer... Read More

  4. Understanding the TFTP Protocol

    In real life we all have relatives, some distant, some not so distant. Sometimes in the networking world you have the same parallel. In this article we will look at FTP’s cousin, TFTP, or Trivial File Transfer Protocol. They both share the same properties, while also having some key differences... Read More

  5. Understanding the UDP Protocol

    When it comes to moving all that information across the Internet there is not only one choice when it comes to transport protocols. There are two. Namely, TCP and UDP. In this article we will look at the User Datagram Protocol, aka UDP... Read More

  6. WiMax (Part 1)

    A three part series on 3G wireless broadband by discussing WiMax... Read More

  7. WiMax vs LTE: Part 2 LTE

    In part two of the series, the author discusses Long Term Evolution as a competitor to WiMax... Read More

  8. WiMax vs. LTE: Part 3

    Concluding the three part series by predicting a winner of the competition between WiMax and LTE... Read More

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