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Computer Networks Hardcover – 1 Sep 1988

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  • Hardcover: 1135 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition edition (1 Sept. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013162959X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131629592
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,360,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Bought for a university course. Funnily enough the required reading for lectures hosted by the author!

It is a very clear and understandable book. It starts at the beginning, and tells what you need to know.
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A perfect book if you want to introduce you into the networks world. Also a good reference book for students and profesionals. It's entertaining and instructive.
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same as the previous book, where are the answers of the questions, could you tell the author how could a reader measure his understanding........and tell him also enough collecting money in this cheep way ,

im really sorry for that but this is frustrating
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96cdbabc) out of 5 stars Excellent Textbook 13 Oct. 2012
By rpv - Published on
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I have read this book in 1990 when it was in second edition. This book in its structure has unchanegd over past 22 years. The technologies have changed from X.25 networks to ATM networks to multi gigabit ethernet networks. some of the fundamental technologies like Ethernet, IP, TCP have largely remains unchanged. IP has its new incarnations in IPv6 which is covered in this edition. The book is fun to read with Tanenbaum's sense of humor. He has many exercises which motivate and make people think deep into the problems. WARNING! It is a giant book. It is a reference book. Don't think you can read, grasp things in one sitting! The fifth edition is very thorough and I checked with the author. A new edition is not coming out soon, so this book should last several years.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9315dbd0) out of 5 stars A very good update compared to the previous edition 5 Nov. 2010
By Oscar Tejada - Published on
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The book maintain the classic structure of subjects based on the OSI model (which is good and proven to work for those who learn about networking) will notice the author has updated contents in several sections of the book: from entire new paragraphs, going trough the examples to the jokes itself, adapting them to the modern context in which we live.

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???...
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9315dad4) out of 5 stars Fantastic for those with pre-existing interest 9 May 2013
By Computer Science Graduate Student - Published on
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Plenty of the reviews already point out specific features of the book. I wanted to illuminate the mentality necessary to appreciate this book. In my opinion, this book is not meant to *establish interest* in networks for the average student. It is meant to present a fantastic swathe of knowledge to those *already interested*. This is why there are reviews that say its boring and dry and then reviews that say its one of the best books they had at engineering school. The appreciative reviewer likely already had interest in networking, or similar subjects, whereas the unappreciative reviewer probably wasn't too enthused by the subject matter!

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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92e266d8) out of 5 stars Enter the world of networks with this awesome book ... but prepare to invest a lot of time, it's not exactly 'walk in the park' 26 Mar. 2014
By vrto - Published on
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You might be lucky and love networks and I am sure that you will enjoy this book cover to cover. For the rest of use though, who don't have networking background and/or huge interest in networking, this is much more complicated. I have to confess that when I read this book for the first time I gave up. I simply couldn't force myself to go over lot of pages full of small text and often very academical terminology.

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 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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x971560c0) out of 5 stars Missing Chapter on Network Security 8 Oct. 2015
By carol - Published on
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received the international economy edition, which is definitely missing the chapter on Network Security.

Computer Networks 5th By Andrew S. Tanenbaum (International Economy Edition)
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