protocol suite

Definition of protocol suite in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is Protocol Suite?

A collection of protocols that work together as a group. Examples of protocol suites include the following:

  • NetWare’s Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) and Sequenced Packet Exchange (SPX) and related protocols, such as NetWare Core Protocol (NCP) and Service Advertising Protocol (SAP)
  • The Internet’s TCP/IP protocol suite, which consists of Internet Protocol (IP), Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), and related protocols such as Address Resolution Protocol (ARP), Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP), and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
  • AppleTalk and its related protocols, such as AppleShare, EtherTalk, and LocalTalk