The Basics of Communication Protocol Communication protocols are generally defined as formal descriptions of digital message formats and the rules that govern their exchange. These protocols are very important not just for their use in telecommunications but also in governing the exchange of messages in and between computer systems. The coverage of a communication protocol is for the most part very broad as it may be used to describe syntax, semantics, and synchronization of analog and digital communications. But the coverage doesn’t end there as communication protocols also covers things like that of authentication, signaling, correction, and error detection. Moreover, for every individual given the job to study and master this crucial piece of digital messaging and exchange of communications must be fully aware that communication protocols are to be implemented in both hardware and software. This only means that the requirements are of a certainty in both aspects of the typical computing system. The fact is there never will be a concept of computer networking without the existence or implementation of communication protocols. Today, there exist thousands of varying protocols being used both in analog and digital communications.
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But considering how difficult and unfamiliar the terms are for a typical reader, there’s no denying that it really isn’t something that can be understood in just one read. So is there any other simple way to obtain a decent understanding of what these protocols really mean? Well, let’s begin with the fact that communications devices, in order for them to have a successful exchange of data, must agree on certain physical aspects of that data so that a successful transmission is carried out. Now to figure out how transmissions become successful, there has to be a set of rules to be enforced and followed and the inability to follow means no transmission will be carried out. The rules we’re talking about that define transmissions are described or named as protocols.
Down the line, the terms involved in communication protocols become more complex and technical. But first, you need to recognize the fact that there actually are so many different transmission properties that a protocol is designed to define. The most common properties include that of packet size, address mapping, flow control, routing, address formatting, transmission speed, and error correction types. So you already have an idea what those properties that protocols try to define; now it’s time to learn what the most popular existing protocols are today. The best examples are that of File Transfer Protocol or FTP, User Datagram Protocol or UDP, TCP/IP, Internet Message Access Protocol or IMAP, Post Office Protocol or POP3, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol or SMTP, and of course, Hypertext Transfer Protocol or HTTP.