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A protocol is an agreed-upon set of rules and procedures that describe how multiple entities interact. A simple example of a protocol in everyday life is the motoring rule specifying that the vehicle to the right at an intersection has the right-of-way, other things being equal. If this traffic protocol is violated, the result might be a serious problem.
When the entities are network devices, protocols are necessary for interaction to happen at all. If two devices follow different protocols, their communication will be no more successful than a conversation between a person speaking French and a person speaking Chinese. As there is more and more essential data traffic over a wide variety of networks, the ability to guarantee protocol interoperability has become increasingly vital. A number of standards have been developed to make that possible.