TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol and is one of the core protocols of the Internet Protocol Suite. TCP complements the Internet Protocol (IP), and therefore the entire suite is commonly referred to as TCP/IP.

TCP is just one communications protocol on the web. Others include:

  • User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
  • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • Post Office Protocol (POP3)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP)

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