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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 5 edition (October 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132126958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132126953
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By rpv TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 12, 2012
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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.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Tejada on November 4, 2010
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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)...you 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???...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Computer Science Graduate Student on May 8, 2013
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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.
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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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Piotr Halaczkiewicz on January 24, 2012
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I needed this book for class but if you are just interested in the topic and learning about networks, its a great book, well organized, and usefull for all levels of knowledge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Redman Marshall on February 15, 2013
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This is a textbook on computer networking, this is not a book you pick up looking to gain a quick understanding of computer networks. This is a dense book that goes deep into the details of network communications and it is intended to convey the whys of networking as well as the whats and hows. I find I use this book as a supplemental background book, if I have a question on a networking topic this is one of the two books I will turn to for answers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda T on September 15, 2014
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This book has pages and pages of run on text without headers or highlighted words to help you find information on a particular topic. The index is half way worthless. There are few worked out examples that show how the numbers work out. Arrghhh - I sold this back as soon as I could get rid of it when the class was over, which is rare since I like to kept texts for references usually.
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