Transmission Control Protocol

TCP is the most widely used protocol today, and all Cisco certification exams test your understanding of TCP/IP. This section covers TCP and how this connection-oriented protocol ensures efficient delivery of data across an IP network.

The TCP/IP model actually does not fully conform to the OSI model because IP was developed by the Department of Defense in the 1980s.

IP provides each host device with a 32-bit host address that is used to route across the IP network. TCP is a Layer 4 protocol that ensures that data is delivered across any IP cloud by using mechanisms such as connection startup, flow control, slow start (a congestion-avoidance scheme in TCP in which a host can increase the window size upon arrival of an acknowledgment), and acknowledgments. UDP is the connectionless protocol for applications such as a TFTP transfer.

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