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Computer Networks [Paperback]

Andrew S. Tanenbaum , David J. Wetherall
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1 Oct 2010 0132553171 978-0132553179 5

Computer Networks, 5/e is appropriate for Computer Networking or Introduction to Networking courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, CIS, MIS, and Business Departments.

Tanenbaum takes a structured approach to explaining how networks work from the inside out. He starts with an explanation of the physical layer of networking, computer hardware and transmission systems; then works his way up to network applications. Tanenbaum's in-depth application coverage includes email; the domain name system; the World Wide Web (both client- and server-side); and multimedia (including voice over IP, Internet radio video on demand, video conferencing, and streaming media. Each chapter follows a consistent approach: Tanenbaum presents key principles, then illustrates them utilizing real-world example networks that run through the entire book—the Internet, and wireless networks, including Wireless LANs, broadband wireless and Bluetooth. The Fifth Edition includes a chapter devoted exclusively to network security. The textbook is supplemented by a Solutions Manual, as well as a Website containing PowerPoint slides, art in various forms, and other tools for instruction, including a protocol simulator whereby students can develop and test their own network protocols.



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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132553171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132553179
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.7 x 4.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A contemporary, yet classic, introduction to today's key networking technologies

Computer Networks, Fifth Edition, is the ideal introduction to the networking field. This bestseller reflects the latest networking technologies with a special emphasis on wireless networking, including 802.11, 802.16, Bluetooth™, and 3G cellular, paired with fixed-network coverage of ADSL, Internet over cable, gigabit Ethernet, MLPS, and peer-to-peer networks. Notably, this latest edition incorporates new coverage on 3G mobile phone networks, Fiber to the Home, RIFD, delay-tolerant networks, and 802.11 security, in addition to expanded material on Internet routing, multicasting, congestion control, quality of service, real-time transport, and content distribution.

Authors Andrew Tanenbaum and Davis Wetherall describe the inner facets of the network, exploring its functionality from underlying hardware to applications, including:

  • Physical layer (e.g., copper, fiber, wireless, satellites, and Internet over cable)
  • Data link layer (e.g., protocol principles, protocol verification, HDLC, and PPP)
  • MAC Sublayer (e.g., gigabit Ethernet, 802.11, broadband wireless, and switching)
  • Network layer (e.g., routing algorithms, congestion control, QoS, IPv4, and IPv6)
  • Transport layer (e.g., socket programming, UDP, TCP, RTP, and network performance)
  • Application layer (e.g., e-mail, the Web, PHP, wireless Web, MP3, and streaming audio)
  • Network security (e.g., AES, RSA, quantum cryptography, IPsec, and Web security)

The book dissects and depicts the principles associated with each layer and then translates them through examples from the Internet and wireless networks.

About the Authors

Andrew S. Tanenbaum is a Professor of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM and a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently won a prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant of 2.5 million to do research on highly reliable computer systems. Tanenbaum has also authored or coauthored the following titles: Structured Computer Organization, Fifth Edition; Operating Systems: Design and Implementation, Third Edition; and Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms, Second Edition, all published by Prentice Hall.

David J. Wetherall is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He hails from Australia and has worked in the area of networking for the past two decades. His research is focused on Internet protocols, wireless networks, and security. Wetherall's work has been recognized with a Sloan Fellowship, the IEEE Bennett Prize, and the ACM SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Award.

About the Author

Andrew S. Tanenbaum is a Professor of Computer Science at Vrije Universiteteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a fellow of IEEE and ACM and a member of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently won a prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grant of 2.5 million to do research on highly reliable computer systems. Tanenbaum has also authored or coauthored the following titles: Structured Computer Organization, Fifth Edition; Operating Systems: Design and Implementation, Third Edition; and Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms, Second Edition, all published by Prentice Hall.

David J. Wetherall is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He hails from Australia and has worked in the area of networking for the past two decades. His research is focused on Internet protocols, wireless networks, and security. Wetherall's work has been recognized with a Sloan Fellowship, the IEEE Bennett Prize, and the ACM SIGCOMM Test-of-Time Award.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Ramses
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I've already posted a review for the previous edition. With the new one, Tanenbaum maintains his excellent spot at the forefront of "must read" computer communications books. This is the "bottom-up" approach (physical to application layers) and if you have time, it will make sense to read Kurose-Ross' book
which takes the top-down path.
Tanenbaum has updated this book with recent developments, although the "core material" is timeless and remains very
well explained (and untouched). This is a must read for newcomers to data comms (together with pretty much all Tanenbaum books), and it does make sense to get the new edition even if (like me) you have perused the previous. MUST BUY.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have computer networks book 13 April 2011
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This is now my favourite computer networks book. The latest edition is considerably added to the previous one. Classic material plus the latest developments make this book a very good source for starting your networks studies. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Book covers many aspects of "networking" - from PSTN and mobile telephony and satellites, with fairly comprehensive treatment of the OSI 7-layer model, before a challenging section on Network Security.

While some of the sections are pretty basic and fairly superficial, but the vast majority of the information presented is both detailed and accessible. This makes it a great book to have to hand.

Sure it's expensive, but it's worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very readable, Coursera course available 4 Sep 2013
By Larry
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I got this book as it was recommended for a Coursera Course(free online) given by one of the authors(Prof Wetherall). This is my first introduction to Networking, and the only book I've read so I can't compare to others. However, I did find it very readable, and covers a broad range of topics in a coherent manner. The associated Coursera course follows the book very closely and is excellent.
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0 of 68 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thick book from an arrogant EU author 5 Jun 2011
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Given the limited insight this *BRICK* book gives into several scificntic dispcilnes I must say this a book that is not needed beyond high-school.
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