Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is a standard that defines how to establish and maintain a network conversation through which programs can exchange information or data. TCP works with the Internet Protocol (IP), which defines how computers send packets of information to each other. TCP is widely used for its reliability, ordered nature, and error correction. TCP is used for a variety of things, like email, file transfers, and any other operations where error-free data is more important than pure speed.

Related Terms: User Datagram Protocol (UDP), Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

Sources: TechTarget, PingPlotter

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