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  • Series: The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking
  • Hardcover: 920 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 5 edition (March 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123850592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123850591
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.7 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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  • Completely updated content with expanded coverage of the topics of utmost importance to networking professionals and students, including P2P, wireless, security, and applications.
  • Increased focus on application layer issues where innovative and exciting research and design is currently the center of attention.
  • Free downloadable network simulation software and lab experiments manual available.
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I have known and used this book for years and I always found it very valuable as a textbook for teaching computer networks as well as a reference book for networking professionals. This Fifth Edition maintains the core value of former editions and brings the clarity of explanation of network protocols in the introduction of the most up-to-date techniques, technologies and requirements of networking. Beyond describing the details of past and current networks, this book successfully motivates the curiosity, and hopefully new research, for the networks of the future.--Stefano Basagni, Northeastern University

Peterson and Davie have written an outstanding book for the computer networking world. It is a well-organized book that features a very helpful "big picture" systems approach. This book is a must have!--Yonshik Choi, Illinois Institute of Technology

The Fifth Edition of Computer Networks: A Systems Approach is well-suited for the serious student of computer networks, though it remains accessible to the more casual reader as well. The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is evident throughout; they have a thorough and current grasp of the interesting problems of the field. They explain not only how various protocols work, but also why they work the way they do, and even why certain protocols are the important and interesting ones. The book is also filled with little touches of historical background, from the main text to the "Where Are They Now" sidebars to the papers described in each chapter's "Further Reading" section-these give the reader a perspective on how things came to be the way they are. All in all, this book provides a lucid and literate introduction to networking.--Peter Dordal, Loyola University Chicago

I have used Computer Networks: A Systems Approach for over five years in an introductory course on communications networks aimed at upper-level undergraduates and first-year Masters students.  I have gone through several editions and over the years the book has kept what from the beginning had been its main strength, namely, that it not only describes the 'how,' but also the 'why' and equally important, the 'why not' of things.  It is a book that builds engineering intuition, and in this day and age of fast-paced technology changes, this is critical to develop a student's ability to make informed decisions on how to design or select the next generation systems.--Roch Guerin, University of Pennsylvania

This book is an outstanding introduction to computer networks that is clear, comprehensive, and chock-full of examples.  Peterson and Davie have a gift for boiling networking down to simple and manageable concepts without compromising technical rigor.  "Computer Networks" strikes an excellent balance between the principles underlying network architecture design and the applications built on top.  It should prove invaluable to students and teachers of advanced undergraduate and graduate networking courses.--Arvind Krishnamurthy, University of Washington

Computer Networks: A Systems Approach has always been one of the best resources available to gain an in-depth understanding of computer networks. The latest edition covers recent developments in the field. Starting with an overview in Chapter 1, the authors systematically explain the basic building blocks of networks. Both hardware and software concepts are presented. The material is capped with a final chapter on applications, which brings all the concepts together. Optional advanced topics are placed in a separate chapter. The textbook also contains a set of exercises of varying difficulty at the end of each chapter which ensure that the students have mastered the material presented.--Karkal Prabhu, Drexel University

Peterson and Davie provide a detailed yet clear description of the Internet protocols at all layers. Students will find many study aids that will help them gain a full understanding of the technology that is transforming our society. The book gets better with each edition.--Jean Walrand, University of California at Berkeley

Morgan Kaufmann published the 5th edition of "Computer Networks: A Systems Approach" a few weeks back. If you were a student of computer networking given the task of learning the most important information but allowed only one book to read, this is the one I'd recommend. With more than 900 pages, this book covers all of the essential technologies of networking and now features appropriately expanded coverage of the most current technologies including wireless, security and P2P.--About.com

"Computer Networks covers its subject in very fine and analytical detail and a conceptual framework like that of the ISO model maps only approximately to the realities of network systems. All the same, by using the ISO model as a rough template, Peterson and Davie are able to put across this complex subject in a way that readers can easily grasp. The 'systems approach' also emphasizes how each component fits into and works with the larger networking infrastructure.. As such, the fifth edition looks set to win its place on the bookshelf - or more likely open on the desk - of anyone who needs to learn the intricacies of modern networks or requires a comprehensive reference work. It doesn't hurt that the text is very readable. Newcomers to networking technology will need to look elsewhere for a gentle introduction, but anyone with a good grasp of the key concepts will find this book an easy path to understanding the greater complexities. The book also provides readers with access to free, downloadable network simulation software and a lab experiments manual."--Network Security

"Intended for upper division undergraduate or graduate courses in computer science, the fifth edition of this comprehensive textbook on networking is revised and updated to include the latest developments in wireless networking, mobile broadband and the latest Internet applications and services. The volume begins with a review of networking fundamentals and proceeds to cover topics such as advanced internetworking, end-to-end protocols, congestion control and resource allocation, network security, and application integration. Chapters include illustrations, tables and exercises and access to additional online resources is provided."--Reference and Research Book News

"First published in 1996, this classic textbook has undergone major revisions over the years to keep abreast of current technological developments. The book aims to provide the reader with a foundation in computer networks and to act as a textbook for a university level networks course. It boasts two highly respected and knowledgeable authors, one of whom is professor of science at Princeton University. As such it concentrates heavily on theory, covering general principles and concepts as much as practical issues such as resilience, scalability and reliability.The thoroughness of the book cannot be faulted and the readable, accessible style is further enhanced by useful diagrams and boxed summaries throughout the text, along with exercises to check the reader's understanding. Anyone hoping for a crash course in the subject or to learn over a few weekends should be warned that the book is 800 pages long with several pages of exercises at the end of each chapter. As such working through the volume from end-to-end is likely to be a serious undertaking. A computer network professional who is looking for a useful desktop resource may wish to look at some of the cheaper options, such as the excellent O'Reilly books, which cover the practical aspects more thoroughly at the expense of the theory. In fairness, however, the book is not aimed at this audience and serves the beginner, student or trainer very well, providing a comprehensive course and excellent source of reference."--review on BCS.org "The book has undergone many revisions in order to keep up with the latest developments in networking.each successive edition of the book is better than the previous edition."--Computing Reviews, October 2012


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I found this book well organized, current, and easy to read.
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It is very extensive book that covers the topic from zero knowledge to a very indepth understanding of networking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Henri De Feraudy on February 8, 2013
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I haven't finished the book yet, but I'd like to reassure potential buyers that the Kindle Edition is fine in that the diagrams are quite readable even with my small Kindle.
This has not always been the case for Kindle edition of other computer books.

Now The fact that I bought this as a Kindle book has been a bit of a life-saver because I often take a bus and when I read it there,
I increase the font size considerably. This way I dont get a headache from reading with the book shaking in front of my eyes.

Now for the contents:
It's quite good. It tends to have a semi-formal long rambling style rather than one little bit at a time (and then exercises), which I would have preferred. Nevertheless I currently feel confident that with pencil and paper I could get by with just this book and learn a lot about how TCP/IP works.

One thing I liked is that the author I wary of following the OSI model literally and working one's way up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Dumas on December 29, 2012
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I'm a computer professional shoring up some knowledge. This, I believe, has filled in some holes. I am currently reading it and no where near done but believe I've rounded out my knowledge through this book. It's not the easiest read but I'm please with what I'm learning . . .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Unbroken on February 16, 2013
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A decent casual read to gain some understanding of networks. It's pretty clear that the author was trying to maximize the number of pages in this book. As a educational reference, the formatting is terrible, and it's overly verbose in places. This makes it too difficult to find what you're looking for. This is used in my Computer Networks course, but only because this is the least of the worse choices. This book is actually one of the sources of motivation for our professor's efforts to write a better one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SpaceXDebris on September 1, 2012
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I found this book well organized, current, and easy to read. There were typos in some of the exercises. I wish that they provided more answers, or that the elsevier site was more accommodating to non-students, since I am using this book for self-study.

My only frustrations came from the code examples. I typed up the sliding window example but it did not compile. I used gcc on ubuntu and added the appropriate include files (and even some extras). Why bother including code examples if they do not work? At least provide details as to your coding environment. I blame the graduate students. ;)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Oda on April 17, 2012
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When I have questions about specific concepts or technologies I find the explanations in this book to be much more direct and understandable than those that I find on the internet. Some of the descriptions can a bit long-winded, but that's fine. I just skip them. I am a computer science graduate student, but my undergrad degree was not in computer science, it was in psychology. I feel this is a good book for the technically-minded intermediate level student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. White on February 11, 2013
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This was a textbook for a class, and it was perfect for the class. We were looking at protocols, and this provided info on tons of protocols, walking through exactly how they work. This is not for the system administrator, but if you are designing a new Internet application, this will help in identifying and selecting the appropriate protocols for your needs. Or your apps needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lange on February 22, 2013
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Had no previous background in networking and this book presents the topics very well. It's great because it describes the topics from first principles and does not simply tell you what each technology is. For the first time I'm able to link together the different technologies I hear about and can see how they all work together to building a fully functional network
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By p1vang on August 26, 2013
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Helped sooooo much in class. Knew nothing about networks when I enrolled but this book does a generous job explaining.
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