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Network socket definition

A network socket is a virtual plug that enables applications and devices to communicate. It works as a two-way channel, facilitating both sending and receiving data.

See also: Network port, WAN port

Network socket use cases

  1. 1.Web browsing. When you enter a website's URL, your browser creates a network socket to establish a connection with the web server. This socket enables the exchange of data, such as HTML pages and media content.
  2. 2.Email communication. Your email client uses network sockets to connect to the email server. These sockets facilitate the transfer of messages and attachments.
  3. 3.File transfers. Network sockets play a crucial role in file transfers. They enable the efficient exchange of data packets, ensuring that files are transmitted accurately and quickly.
  4. 4.Instant messaging. When you chat on instant messaging platforms, network sockets enable real-time communication. The sockets establish connections between your device and the messaging server.
  5. 5.Video streaming. Network sockets are essential for smooth video streaming experiences. When you watch content on video platform your device creates sockets to establish connections with the video servers.
  6. 6.Online gaming. In online gaming, network sockets are used to establish connections between players and game servers.