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Network Protocols

The second-most important choice you must make when you create your network is which network protocol to use. The network protocol affects which types of computers your network can connect.

The three major network protocols are TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, and NetBEUI. Unlike data-link protocols, though, network protocols are not tied to particular hardware (NIC or cable) choices. Network protocols are software and can be installed to or removed from any computer on the network at any time as necessary. Table 20.11 summarizes the differences between these protocols.


  

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