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We have a large regional company with a network that supplies goods to cafeterias, grocery stores, and convenience stores in 3 states. The company has 5 separate locations and office complexes spread over the region and want to connect the five locations. The network infrastructure at the 5 locations have grown up separately and thus, there are 2 different network/transport layer protocols in use (TCP/IP and SPX/IPX). How can the company connect the locations that use different protocols together? How can it be explained that the company continues to use the 2 different protocols, or move to 1 protocol, and if the latter which one?

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A protocol is a set a rules which have been put to in place to govern the communication which takes place over the internet through a computer network. The rules include a set of guidelines to offer regulation while taking into consideration the network characteristics, access methods, the type of cabling used, and the speed of data transfer.

A network protocol normally consists of different layers with the TCP/IP and SPX/IPX layers being some examples of the protocols available at network/transport layer protocols. The TCP/IP protocol is made up of two protocols mainly the transmission control protocol and the internet protocol. The transmission control protocol is used for transferring data to the network from an application. It has the responsibility of ensuring that all the IP packets are broken down before they are sent to the client computer and ...

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