Transport Layer Topics: TCP, Multiplexing & Sockets

What is the Transport Layer?

The lower layers of the Internet Protocol Suite and OSI network communication models are inherently unreliable. For example, the Ethernet and Internet Protocols use checksum to test for data corruption, but they discard the frame/packet if there is an issue and don’t have their own system for replacing lost data. For this whole internet thing to work though, we need reliability. Network communication reliability is handled by Transport Layer protocols.