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  • Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132553171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132553179
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 4.9 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,633 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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one star for this print (816 pages), 5 stars for the full (960 page) version if you can get it. I'm sending this one back and will buy the full-content/hardback print version.

Beware: there are (at least) two versions of the 5th edition; one of them has a missing chapter and is only 816 pages and has several other issues that make it useless as a printed format reference book. I believe that only the hardback version has the full contents (960 pages). Beware Amazon may sometimes give you a view of the complete book not the softcover one that this page relates to.

Note that I have had at least two earlier editions of this book and would rate it 5 stars if it had the full contents of the other (hardback) print.

Issues with this print version compared with full-content/hardback print:
- Missing a whole chapter "Network Security".
- Missing preface; so no information on what has changed from the 4th edition.
- almost non-existent table of contents i.e. just part-page chapter list rather than 11 page contents list in the other version.
- reduced index content. One version has 30 pages of index content, this has 15 (larger) pages.
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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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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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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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I'm studying an honours degree in Computer & Communications Engineering, and I've had the privilege to be able to go to the library and try loads of different books on communications networks. This is certainly the best I've come across.Well written and very well laid-out. The progression through the chapters is the most logical (in fact, the only logical) I've seen and the explanation of the material is outstanding. It's a bit frightening when you open a random page and see so little white space, but believe me the authors write no more and no less than is necessary. Can't recommend it more highly, it's hard to describe exactly how superior it is to every other undergrad book I've seen on the subject. There are ten of them in the library but I'll still be buying my own copy. Absolutely brilliant.
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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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Readable and authoritative, update of respected textbook which provides the student and indeed the professional working in the field a good overview of the modern computer networks. Book is definitely a text book explaining prinicples rather than a detailed definition of specific protocols or technologies.
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