Computer Networks Paperback – 1 Jun 1995
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Now in its third edition, Professor Andrew Tanenbaum's 800-page book is the classic treatise on computer networking. Since its inception, Computer Networks has been the all-time best-selling overview of computer networks by one of the key computer science authors. It's a complete guide to computer networking, covering everything from LANs to satellite networks. The seven-layer OSI model underpins all modern networking technologies and this standard work from the award-winning Professor Tanenbaum devotes most of its chapters to in-depth descriptions of each layer. Protocols, network architecture and software are examined in detail, from the physical layer, through the data link, network, transport, session and presentation layers to the application layer. This book dissects very difficult material with ease.
But Computer Networks isn't without its faults--an eternity in Internet time has elapsed since publication and the book is a little stale as a result. It's also very much a textbook and its layout looks very dated and scholarly--for example, each chapter concludes with a mass of sample questions.
Oft found in countless bibliographies and on the recommended reading list for IT and networking students, Computer Networks is nevertheless an excellent textbook and a good reference book. It's also one of the best-written and easy to read technical books around. For the IT student and networking professionals alike, it's probably essential reading. If you can afford only one networking book, this is the one you should get. --Roger Gann
From the Back Cover
Computer Networks is the ideal introduction to today's and tomorrow's networks. This classic best-seller has been totally rewritten to reflect the networks of the late 1990s and beyond.
Author, educator, and researcher Andrew S. Tanenbaum, winner of the ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award, carefully explains how networks work inside, from the hardware technology up through the most popular network applications. The book takes a structured approach to networking, starting at the bottom (the physical layer) and gradually working up to the top (the application layer). The topics covered include:
- Physical layer (e.g., copper, fiber, radio, and satellite communication)
- Data link layer (e.g., protocol principles, HDLC, SLIP, and PPP)
- MAC Sublayer (e.g., IEEE 802 LANs, bridges, new high-speed LANs)
- Network layer (e.g., routing, congestion control, internetworking, IPv6)
- Transport layer (e.g., transport protocol principles, TCP, network performance)
- Application layer (e.g., cryptography, email, news, the Web, Java, multimedia)
In each chapter, the necessary principles are described in detail, followed by extensive examples taken from the Internet, ATM networks, and wireless networks.
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm now a network consultant, but bought this book a few years back when I was moving in from a different technical area - I read the majority of the book, but none of it gelled or furthered my understanding too well. Reading it now, I can see why - it suffers from lack of direction, and misses out whole areas that are real fundamentals. IP addressing gets a page, whereas things like modulation techniques get reams.
All in all, it suffers from going waay too in depth in certain areas, yet skips over sections that the majority of people will want to read, and lacks in diagrams to explain things visually.
The writing style can only be described as EXCELLENT: in-depth yet understandable and making you want to read on!
Why I did not give it 5 stars? It should pay (more) attention to everything to do with internet streaming, multicast, QoS, LFNs (satellite communications), tunneling (VPNs) and other more recent topics, as otherwise the book risks to get a bit outdated.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THE networks book. A bit old, and intense, but Tannenbaum basically is the course text for 99% of comp-sci courses. An interesting read.Published on 4 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I just wanted a practical reference to bolster my knowledge of networks. This book is a real treasure and it will serve me well.Published on 28 Dec. 2012 by RoosterRichard
I bought this book to help with college work. I was expecting it to be very useful. Instead I found that it skipped over a lot of areas like Topologies, while getting bogged down... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2000 by Amazon Customer
Without this book I would have failed my Module in Computer and Data Networks. It is writen in a highly readable style and I found that I could pick it up at anytime. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2000
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