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3. Purpose of a protocol

A good communication protocol should include the following details:

  • How to set up a connection
  • How to end a connection
  • How to start a message
  • How to end a message
  • How to deal with corrupted data
  • How to format the data being sent

With these rules in place, hardware makers are sure their devices will work on a network using that protocol. Software authors are confident that their networked applications will work.

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