Message Send Protocol

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The Message Send Protocol (MSP) is an application layer protocol used to send a short message between nodes on a network. The original version of the protocol was published in 1990.[1] It was updated as Message Send Protocol 2 in 1992.[2]

TCP-based service[edit]

One message send service is defined as a connection-based application on TCP. A service listens for TCP connections on port 18. Once a connection is established, a short message is transmitted from the sender to the receiver over the connection. The sender closes the connection after sending the message.

UDP-based service[edit]

Another message send service is defined as a datagram-based application on UDP. A service listens for UDP datagrams on port 18. When a datagram is received by the receiver, an answering datagram is sent back to the sender containing exactly the same data.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RFC 1159 Message Send Protocol
  2. ^ RFC 1312 Message Send Protocol 2