Zone Information Protocol (ZIP) is a networking tool used in AppleTalk, a set of networking technologies created by Apple for their PCs in the 1980s. It was meant to assist devices on an AppleTalk network to discover and locate each other.

History of Zone Information Protocol

Zone Information Protocol (ZIP) was an integral component of the AppleTalk suite launched in the 1980s. It enabled Apple devices, such as Macintosh printers and devices, to communicate smoothly within LANs (local area networks) and distribute resources like printers and files.

However, with the evolution of technology, AppleTalk was phased out in favor of more modern networking protocols. Only older systems may use them today.

How the Zone Information Protocol Works

Zone Information Protocol and AppleTalk are currently considered obsolete. Modern networks depend on protocols such as TCP/IP, which are broadly utilized on the web and in the latest network systems.