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What is the use of source port number.

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jessica537 author asked 3 years ago
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alisataylore190 author answered 3 years ago


Source port numbers is a field which is available in transport layers headers like TCP and
UDP. This example explains the need of source port number in a TCP header. In the above

diagram, assume that the web client opens two instances of a browser and access the

website on the web server. The packet, which is sent from the web client, would contain

the source IP address and destination IP address as the web servers IP address.

The source ports, in the TCP header would be unique and different for both the

connections. If the source port number is not available, the web server would not be able

to send a response to the appropriate browser instance, which has initiated the connection.

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