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RFC Number : 862

Title : Echo Protocol.

Network Working Group J. Postel
Request for Comments: 862 ISI
May 1983

Echo Protocol

This RFC specifies a standard for the ARPA Internet community. Hosts on
the ARPA Internet that choose to implement an Echo Protocol are expected
to adopt and implement this standard.

A very useful debugging and measurement tool is an echo service. An
echo service simply sends back to the originating source any data it

TCP Based Echo Service

One echo service is defined as a connection based application on TCP.
A server listens for TCP connections on TCP port 7. Once a
connection is established any data received is sent back. This
continues until the calling user terminates the connection.

UDP Based Echo Service

Another echo service is defined as a datagram based application on
UDP. A server listens for UDP datagrams on UDP port 7. When a
datagram is received, the data from it is sent back in an answering

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