Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope
SYN in white lettering on red background.

Short for synchronize, SYN is a TCP (transmission control protocol) packet sent to another computer requesting that a connection be established between them. If the SYN is received by the second machine, an SYN/ACK is sent back to the address requested by the SYN. Lastly, if the original computer receives the SYN/ACK, a final ACK (acknowledgment) is sent.

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