Network protocols and standards

  • Fix before breaking

    The tried-and-true standard of TCP/IP isn't able to meet today's high performance demands and we must turn to new schemes for network transport. Here we look at some alternatives.  Continue Reading

  • Understanding the NNTP protocol

    Everyone knows about peer-to-peer programs such as Napster, Kazaa, amongst others. How many people though know about binary newsgroups? Probably not many. These binary newsgroups are based on the NNTP protocol, which is the focus of this tip.  Continue Reading

  • Free RSS readers: What you need to know

    Do you RSS? If "Really Simple Syndication" is foreign to you, this tip will bring you up to speed by introducing how the increasingly popular news-feed technology works and how you can use it to keep yourself informed.  Continue Reading

  • WCCP

    WCCP is a relatively new protocol that allows routers to talk to your cache server. It isn't a routing protocol in the traditional sense, but it may be directing traffic around your network in the near future. Tom Lancater helps you familiarize ...  Continue Reading

  • Router numbers

    Many of the routing protocols implemented in Cisco's IOS require a number to follow the command that enables the routing protocol in question. If you're new to routing, these numbers can be a little confusing, as they mean something different to ...  Continue Reading