AOL Computing's Webopædia home page
newly added terms
newly added links

Top Ten Terms
  
1
SSL
2
password
3
TCPIP
4
LAN
5
IP address
6
operating system
7
RAM
8
network
9
shareware
10
hard disk drive




Search AOL Computing's Webopædia for information

By keyword...
  
...or by category
  
Term of the Day:
endian


protocol
bit stuffing
CCITT
CIFS
communications
communications protocol
connectionless
handshaking
modem
PPPoE
protocol stack
SS7

An agreed-upon format for transmitting data between two devices. The protocol determines the following:
  • the type of error checking to be used
  • how the sending device will indicate that it has finished sending a message
    • how the receiving device will indicate that it has received a message

    There are a variety of standard protocols from which programmers can choose. Each has particular advantages and disadvantages; for example, some are simpler than others, some are more reliable, and some are faster.

    From a user's point of view, the only interesting aspect about protocols is that your computer or device must support the right ones if you want to communicate with other computers. The protocol can be implemented either in hardware or in software.



    For internet.com pages about protocol, . Also, check out the following links!


    More Information

    Outstanding Page Protocol Directory
    Site contains information on all known networking protocols from ATM to IPX and TCP/IP. Well laid-out with HTML and PDF versions of protocol information.

      Yahoo!'s Internet protocols page
    Yahoo!'s directory of Internet protocols.

    FIND A DEFINITION ERROR?


    FOR OTHER AOL ISSUES:


    Copyright © 1996-200
    internet.com Corporation

    brought to you by: