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Internet Protocol Concepts and Overview
IP is a very important protocol in
internetworking; it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that you can't
really comprehend modern networking without a good understanding of
IP. Unfortunately, IP can be somewhat difficult to understand. This
is probably because due to its importance, a large amount of complexity
has become associated with the protocol over the years, to allow it
to meet the many demands placed upon it.
Before diving into the details of
how IP works, I feel it is worthwhile to take a high-level look at IP
and what it does. In this section I provide a brief examination of basic
concepts related to the Internet Protocol and how it works. I begin
with an overview of IP, how it operates in basic terms and the most
important characteristics of how it does its job. I then expand on this
discussion by describing the main functions of the Internet Protocol,
which can be used as an introduction to the remainder of the sections
that explain IP in considerably more detail. I conclude with a brief
look at the history of development of IP, its versions, and how it has
spawned the development of several IP-related protocols.
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