Posts Tagged ‘data packet’

Ping

August 30, 2007

On the internet, a ping involves sending a packet of data to an internet address. The destination server responds to the ping, demonstrating that it exists and is connected to the network. The speed of its response also assists the sending computer identify speed problems and therefore determine which is the most effective route for its traffic.

In blogging, blog software can be set up to automatically ping other servers when the blog is updated (so blog search engines and aggregators can offer frequently updated blog content).

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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TCP / IP

July 19, 2007

TCP/IP, or Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol, standardises communication between computers over the internet. TCP/IP can also be used in private networks.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is the standard for two computers establishing a connection with each other over the internet and transmitting streams of data, and also ensuring that data packets are received in the right order.

The Internet Protocol (IP) finds out the address of the data packet and ensures it is routed to the right destination based on that address, even if there is no direct connection to that address.

Every computer with access to the internet uses TCP/IP .

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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