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I mentioned the term TCP Protocol in another tip last week and I got to thinking that some of you may not know what it means. We’ve also used it in some of the other tips we’ve done in the past, so I figured it would be a good idea to give you all a little definition of it today.

TCP stands for Transmission Control Protocol and it deals with the connection between two or more computers and/or networks. It’s the communication they use to make sure all of the proper data gets through and in the correct order. TCP also works with IP (Internet Protocol), which helps manage certain addresses to make sure the data is sent out to the network.

Once the TCP connects and the data is sent, a response is given from the receiving end. The recipient then sends a confirmation that the data arrived successfully with the abbreviation of ACK (acknowledgment). A confirmation is always sent with every data packet that goes out. If the ACK confirmation is not present, you know the connection attempt is still in process.

And that’s that!

~ Erin