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1. Short for protocol stack.
2. A uniform set of rules or an agreed-upon method of communication that enable two devices to connect and transmit data or to send particular types of information between computer systems. Protocols determine how data is transmitted between computing devices and over networks. AFP, ALAP, RTMP, NCP, and IPX are examples of network protocols. AFP, ALAP, RTMP, NCP, and IPX are examples of network protocols. TCP/IP (Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and FTP (File Transfer Protocol) are examples of Internet protocols.