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Data Communications and Computer Networks: A Business User's Approach Hardcover – January 21, 2012

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ISBN-13: 978-1133626466 ISBN-10: 1133626467 Edition: 7th

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About the Author

Curt M. White is an associate professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, where he has been since 1988. Currently in his 37th year of teaching, he previously taught at Wayne State University, Illinois State University, Purdue University-Fort Wayne, and Dominican University. Dr. White has published more than 30 articles on computer science and computer science education, two chapters in books, and two college textbooks. In 1997, he chaired the ACM SIGCSE's national conference on computer science education and more recently served as president of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. He completed a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in computer science from Wayne State University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 7 edition (January 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133626467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133626466
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Zoltan on October 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While comprehensive and covers almost everything networking, it lacks in a sufficient number of ways to only give it 1 star.

1. It completely lacks references. None. Zip. Nada. I've been penalised for my assignment not having in-text referencing for this very subject, yet the Uni found it perfectly acceptable to use this text which is a complete plagiarism from cover to cover.

2. Technically inaccurate:
2.1 Page 233: Thin clients download software from servers. Really???
2.2 Page 233: You can't plug in CD or DVD disks into a thin client - maybe 20 years ago, but not anymore.
2.3 According to the author we ran out of IPv4 addresses. Well, according to publicly available estimates there are still IPv4 addresses available and estimates say that AFRINIC will run out of addresses in 2016.
2.4 Page 344: According to the author honeypots are a physical data protection method.
2.5 Page 344: According to the author intrusion detection is a form of surveillance, again, a physical protection method, which "electronically monitors data flow".
2.5 Page 247: Messages transmitted across a WAN hop from "workstation to workstation". A station can even be a mobile phones.

3. Weird language: Page 285: It explains in detail IP packet headers, but it falls short of properly explaining NAT. Instead, the student is told that NAT uses "phony" IP addresses.

4. While some of the explanations make sense in isolation, by completely ignoring the context, it has a completely different meaning when considering the bigger picture. There is a complete lack of effort to put things into context on the author's part.

And the list goes on.

To me it looks like this book was quickly thrown together, rushed out of the way to meet deadlines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert jungnitsch on March 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am currently using this book in an ISM class. While it is a technically accurate text and easy to follow, I found the author to be a bit over-the-top with their use of sexual euphemisms.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Hein on March 14, 2013
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It still talks about hubs in this book, which seems crazy to me. I haven't seen hubs in action in over 5 years. But then it somehow mentions brand-new technologies like Zigbee and 10G. It's all over the map and the editing is probably where it needs to be improved. Perhaps they just add material and never take any out.
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I've been required to use this text book twice in MIS coursework in both undergraduate and graduate courses, and I continue to abhor the poor quality of the material. The text discusses at length antiquated technology and has not bothered to be updated in subsequent editions. (PCs are still referred to as "microcomputers." Network hubs are still a thing.) More importantly, this textbook fails to relate technology to the business manager, preferring a barrage of minutia which will remain useless after reading it. For example, the first chapters discuss line voltage and phase shifting techniques, which are not relevant in the day-to-day of even network operators. Rather, the text should be relating commonly recognized Internet concepts (a term like "cloud") back to the technologies that make them possible. Because that would actually be useful.
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I was a bit hesitant to get the book because folks panned it for being terribly out of date. Thing is it's not that bad even though it does address networks that are obsolete. History is good and what the book omits can be gathered through basic research. About the only gripe I have is it's a bit light on some aspects of communications but then again this book is an introduction to communication systems. I have only read through chapter 8. But as a "comm guy" I would say it covers the material fairly well.
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By Derrick on February 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I thought that this was a good textbook. It was easy to read and was nicely organized. This book has helped me understand the principles of networking even though I have real word experience. I rented this book but I am actually thinking about buying it for a reference.
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Well it was a retired text book, it's nice to have in hardback. Probably the most boring text book ever but I learned a lot about servers, networks, wire types and all kinds of electrical and data components.
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By Levi on October 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I tried to purchase this book, but recieved an email saying that "they apologize, that the book was not available, the listing should have been taken down". Do not try to purchase this book if you need it.
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