Communication Protocols and Network Devices

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There can be an assortment of devices on a network depending on the size. These devices need an effective method of communication between themselves in order to relay the information to the correct destination. The communication protocols are a set of standards that tell different hardware and software how to transfer data elements between them. When working with the OSI model, the protocols will govern communication between entities on the same reference model layer. Network protocols include mechanisms for devices to identify and make connections with each other, as well as formatting rules that specify how data is packaged into messages sent and received (Mitchell, 2014). If devices are using different protocols, they cannot understand each other in order to successfully transmit and receive data.
Communication Protocols
The network for Kudler Fine Foods is that of an Ethernet network. The bus topology used within each store supports fast Ethernet speeds of 100mbps. Each store also has VOIP phones that use Internet Protocol to communicate with the network. The servers and computer stations will communicate with the Ethernet line using the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
TCP/IP is a network standard that defines how data is sent throughout the network. TCP/IP consists of two different layers. Transmission Control Protocol is the higher layer and manages the assembling of a message or file into smaller packets. After forming the packets, the device will transmit them across the Internet and to be received by a device that is also using the TCP protocol. The device then reassembles the packets into the original message and presents the data to the user. The lower layer is Internet Protocol and handles the...

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...ues that are noted. The customers at Kudler Fine Foods will not want to wait until the systems are back up and running for them to purchase their goods. The customers may leave for another store and that is a loss of revenue. Using reliable performance metrics should prevent the network from causing negative impacting occurrences. Backup plans and up to date hardware and software should also be items that provide maximum performance for the network.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that tcp is used in combination with ip to send packet data over the internet, while ip takes care of handling the actual delivery of the data.
  • Explains that traffic analysis can play an important role in the performance and health of a network.
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