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Protocol Functions

For serial communications to take place correctly, several functions have to be possible. First, the receiving and sending computers must be able to coordinate their actions, to enable flow control, error control, addressing, and connection management. Flow control manages the rate of information flow between machines (note that this may be different than the data rate of the network connecting the machines); error control enables transmission errors to be corrected; addressing allows information to be routed to the correct destination; and connection management is the set of functions associated with setting up and maintaining connections (where needed).

Second, the receiver must be able to determine when a message (or data packet) begins and ends and distinguish control information from the information that the user is transmitting.

Protocol Mechanisms

These functions are implemented through communications protocols. These protocols are a strict set of rules that both the...

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