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TCP/IP is the most widely used networking protocol available today.
All Internet traffic and countless private networks, systems and gadgets today rely on TCP/IP to send and receive data and operate properly.
As a technical writer you’d be expanding your job prospects if you’re familiar with TCP/IP and how networked computers exchange data.
Here are some basic TCP/IP concepts that you should be familiar with if you’d like specialize in this technical communication niche:
Local Area Network (LNA)
Wide Area Network (WAN)
Physical vs. Logical Address
Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
Static and Dynamic IP Addresses
Subnets and subnet masks
Application Layer & API
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
Hubs and Switches
Routers and Gateways
Network Address Translation (NAT)
Direct vs. Indirect Routing
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)