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  • Paperback: 1156 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education; 5 edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071315861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071315869
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By amazon buyer on 22 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
The internet is obviously more complex than selecting a network and entering the key. This book covers the physical to the application sometimes in a bit of detail. If you're covering a layer at a time be smart, read chapters 1 and 2 for a basic overview of the net then read the intro and conclusion parts of chapters in the layer you're covering. Only then go into the subheadings of each individual chapter, otherwise you may get bogged down quite quick and miss the bigger picture
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By Brian on 9 Feb. 2014
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All as described. No complaints with book. Would recommend it for anyone. A good book to have for any data communications college courses
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
No regrets 27 Jan. 2004
By swingreen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'll make two separate sets of comments - one for professors and one for students.
Students first... Forouzan is about as easy to read as any book on the subject. Since Forouzan has done a pretty good job of keeping the text up-to-date, however, you may find it difficult to use a previous edition of the text. I would estimate that about 20% of the material is either new or revised in the 3rd edition. The website also has some pretty good student resources, such as notes and related study tools.
For professors... I have been using the text since its first edition and have no regrets. In the third edition, Forouzan departs from the 7-layered OSI model to something he calls the 5-layered Internet model (Application, Transport, Network, DL, Physical), which may not be "standard", but it certainly makes things a little easier when talking about the Internet and modern computer networks. There seems to be enough quantitative material to satisfy those who wish to take a more engineering-centered approach to data comm, although I'm not sure how this text would fly in a school of engineering (my home is a school of business). There are ample online resources for professors, including powerpoint shows and exam materials. The only other text I would consider as a substitute for Forouzan is the slightly more technical text by Stallings, but as I said, I have never had any regrets about Forouzan.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good points and bad 10 Jun. 2005
By K. Dawson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I'll preface this by saying I'm only on page 102 of the book, but I have to agree with a previous user about the annoying errors. I bought this book to study on my own and test out of a college prerequisite class. Some things are crystal clear, but there are places where he'll state one thing and contradict himself later on.

One example is in chpt. 4 discussing line coding. First he states that for NRZ-L positive voltage usually means the bit is 0, while negative voltage means the bit is 1. In the next section he states "Like NRZ-L, positive voltage means 1 and negative voltage means 0." Which is correct?!?

In addition, there are places where he'll refer to a topic or equation and state that he discussed it before when he didn't.

For someone who has no background in this at all and no way to ask questions, these errors and contradictions are very frustrating. It's a compehensive book, but it's time for a new edition or, at the least, an online errata page.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive Text 10 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book gives full coverage of all of the basics of data communications including signals, modulation, transmission media, and ECC. It has a comprehensive coverage of OSI and networking protocols with illustrative details of packet and frame contents with emphasis on the first four layers. There is coverage of most important networking technologies including TCP/IP, ATM, ISDN, frame relay and SONET. The many illustrations are appreciated. The book is well written and easy to follow and has excellent breadth of coverage but it does not develop theoretical aspects or mathematics in areas such as modulation or traffic modeling. I am considering adopting this text for a second-year computer science course.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent entry level text 18 Jun. 2003
By Dave Bremer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I teach a second year under-graduate (degree) course in Data Communications and Networking. This is the first networking paper that students will take. I have used Shay, Stallings and Tanenbaum in the past but have changed to Forouzan because I believe that it does an excellent job of introducing concepts at a level that is readily understood by a novice. Student feedback confirms that it is about the right level and that they feel they actually understand the text - quite a bonus ;-)
Another review recommends the above authors - and I agree they give an excellent treatment of the topic - but they require an advanced student. I would select Stallings or Tanenbaum for a paper that follows the introductory paper (we actually use Comer for the advanced paper which is specifically TCP/IP)
Forouzan's "Data Comms and Networking" is clear, plainly written - yet gives a good depth to the topics being considered. The diagrams and practice questions are excellent.
I highly recommend this book for an introductory under-graduate text.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Ok text for beginners 20 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am currently teaching a class using this text. I think that it is OK- but I personally would prefer Stallings or Tanenbaum. Stallings and Tanenbaum are much more engineering or technically oriented.
I have come across a number of small annoying errors in Forouzan's text, as well as a number of opinions that he puts out as facts. Of course I wouldn't be annoyed if his opinions and mine agreed - but he could at least properly identify them. This mostly is a problem with what technologies are "winners" or "losers" in the marketplace, or what dificulties are presented with trying to implement some of the protocols mentioned.
If you want to know how stuff really works go with Stallings or Tanenbaum. If you want to know how to communications is used by a business - there are a number of other texts that are far better. I feel like this text is half-way in between. Unfortunately I am unable to change what text we are using here...
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