November 25th, 2001, 08:52 AM
November 25th, 2001, 05:49 PM
Well, most communication on the net is done using the TCP/IP suite of protocols. Protocols are basically conventions. They tell a computer what it might send, what to expect, and what kinds of thing to do when X happens, so that everyone can speak the same network 'language'.
TCP/IP sends everything in 'packets', sort of like postal-packets, these are bunches of information. The internet is like a big mail system, packages go to many places to get to their destination. It isn't like a telephone system, where you have a direct curcuit between you and someone else. It may *seem* that way, but there is no guarantee that all of your little data 'bundles' will arrive at their destination in the same order or by taking the same route, the most important part is that they actually get there if it is possible.
[HvC]Terr: L33T Technical Proficiency
November 25th, 2001, 07:47 PM
Check out the RFC's
RFC 791 INTERNET PROTOCOL ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc791.txt
RFC 815 IP DATAGRAM REASSEMBLY ALGORITHMS
RFC 919 BROADCASTING INTERNET DATAGRAMS