Computer Networks Hardcover – 1 Sep 1988
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A comprehensive introduction to computer networks emphasizing network protocols and algorithms, from the physical layer to the application layer and from local area networks (LANS) to satellite networks. Presents the spectrum of basic protocols, concepts, algorithms, software, and technologies. Requires only a basic understanding of computer system
Top Customer Reviews
It is a very clear and understandable book. It starts at the beginning, and tells what you need to know.
im really sorry for that but this is frustrating
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New interesting topics as RFID and 3g-4g cellular networks are also commented in good detail...I would say not "mile wide, inch deep", but "mile wide, two inches deep"
I do not give them 5 stars because the problems and exercises at the end of each chapter do not have the solution (or at least the correct answer)...why not sharing the information once and for all???...
This is not a knock on the reviewers who rated it poorly, but rather an attempt to ward off those who don't have preliminary interest from buying this book. If you already have the interest, this a fantastic reference source. For those looking for a first course in networking, I would tend to recommend Kurose and Ross over this book for its more accessible wording and topic coverage. This is still a nice one to have in the collection though.
I figured out that a better way might be something a bit more ... interactive. So I decided to scratch my itch and I signed up to 'Computer Networks' course at coursera.org. During the first lecture they told me that recommended textbook is ... guess what. Gee.
To my surprise this combination worked very well. I was taught some topic, and then I browsed over the book, skipped sections I was already familiar with, and stopped where it made sense to dig deeper.
Content is really comprehensive. You will start with really really low level basics (signals, bits, noises), go through all the important hardware (switches, routers, hubs etc.), explore various protocol stacks (say hi to TCP, IP, HTTP ...) and even learn about hi-tech stuff from future and face interesting problematics of growing networks of today. And much more. I couldn't even imagine how broad is this before I opened the book.
To sum up, this book is an excellent learning resource. Don't read it if you are not really serious about learning something about computer networks though! It's not exactly easy reading and it is going to cost you quite a lot of energy to get to the end. But man, it's definitely worth it!
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