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I came across protocol suite in Internet Protocol suite, and after I searched for it I found:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol_stack#General_protocol_suite_description

which explains protocol stack rather than suite.

Could someone please explain what is protocol suite? It doesn't seem to be same as protocol stack!

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Did you see this:

The protocol stack is an implementation of a computer networking protocol suite. The terms are often used interchangeably. Strictly speaking, the suite is the definition of the protocols, and the stack is the software implementation of them.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protocol_stack#General_protocol_suite_description

And this:

The Internet protocol suite is the set of communications protocols used for the Internet and similar networks, and generally the most popular protocol stack for wide area networks.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_protocol_suite

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@Naji You have a bucketful of protocols (the suite). You pull a few out to use for your specific implementation (the stack). –  user142485 Aug 29 '12 at 14:19
    
Thanks @user142485 –  Naji Aug 29 '12 at 23:46

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