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Windows Networking Protocols and their uses

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Networking is a marvel of interconnected devices and languages – Windows networking protocols help that happen by making sure 2 devices are sharing the same method of communicating. This is a quick reference guide on what each Protocol and Client on the Windows OS does.

Client for Microsoft Networks
Used to access other shared resources on your local network running the File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks protocol.
QOS Packet Scheduler
Used to provide traffic management on your network for applications that support the protocol.
File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
Used to share your printer and files on your computer with other computers on your local network.
Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol
provides the ability to load balance between two or more network cards.
Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver
Used to create the network map used in the Network browser and Networking and Sharing Centre.
Link Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
Used to discover other computers connected to your local network.
Link Layer Topology Responder
Used to identify your computer to other computers connected to your local network.
Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)
A new version of the IPv4 protocol. Unless you are connected to an IPv6 network (most of you are not), you can safely disable this protocol.
Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
Primary network communication protocol. Do not disable this protocol.