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TCP/IP Illustrated, Vol. 1: The Protocols (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) Hardcover – December 31, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0201633467 ISBN-10: 0201633469 Edition: 1st

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TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols is an excellent text that provides encyclopedic coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. What sets this book apart from others on this subject is the fact that the author supplements all of the discussion with data collected via diagnostic programs; thus, it is possible to "watch" the protocols in action in a real situation. Also, the diagnostic tools involved are publicly available; the reader has the opportunity to play along at home. This offers the reader an unparalleled opportunity to really get a feel for the behavior of the protocols in day-to-day operation. TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols features clear discussions and well-designed figures.

Volume two of this series, TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 2: The Implementation, covers the implementation of TCP/IP. Volume three explores TCP for Transactions, HTTP, NNTP, and the Unix Domain Protocols.

From the Back Cover

TCP/IP Illustrated is a complete and detailed guide to the entire TCP/IP protocol suite-with an important difference from other books on the subject. Rather than just describing what the RFCs say the protocol suite should do, this unique book uses a popular diagnostic tool so you may actually watch the protocols in action.By forcing various conditions to occur-such as connection establishment, timeout and retransmission, and fragmentation-and then displaying the results, TCP/IP Illustrated gives you a much greater understanding of these concepts than words alone could provide. Whether you are new to TCP/IP or you have read other books on the subject, you will come away with an increased understanding of how and why TCP/IP works the way it does, as well as enhanced skill at developing applications that run over TCP/IP.

With this unique approach, TCP/IP Illustrated presents the structure and function of TCP/IP from the link layer up through the network, transport, and application layers. You will learn about the protocols that belong to each of these layers and how they operate under numerous implementations, including Sun OS 4.1.3, Solaris 2.2, System V Release 4, BSD/386TM, AIX 3.2.2, and 4.4BSD.In TCP/IP Illustrated you will find the most thorough coverage of TCP available - 8 entire chapters. You will also find coverage of the newest TCP/IP features, including multicasting, path MTU discovery, and long fat pipes.

"While all of Stevens' books are excellent, this new opus (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) is awesome. Although many books describe the TCP/IP protocols, the author provides a level of depth and real-world detail lacking from the competition."
- Unix Review

"This book (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) is a stone jewel...Written by W. Richard Stevens, this book probably provides the most comprehensive view of TCP/IP available today in print."
- Boardwatch

"The diagrams he uses are excellent and his writing style is clear and readable. Please read it (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) and keep it on your bookshelf."
- Sys Admin

"The word 'illustrated' distinguishes this book (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1) from its many rivals. Stevens uses the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories tcdump program to capture packets in promiscuous mode under a variety of OS and TCP/IP implementations. Studying tcdump output helps you understand how the various protocols work."
- Unix Review


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (December 31, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201633469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201633467
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Even though this book was published in 1994, it still serves as a useful reference and learning tool for the TCP/IP protocol. There are of course changes and additions that have been made to TCP/IP over the last 7 years such as IPv6, but one can still refer to this book as a good source of information about the dynamics of TCP/IP. There are exercises at the end of each chapter, so it can, and has been used as an effective textbook.
In chapter 1, the author gives a brief overview of protocol layering, Internet addressing, and the domain name system. The encapsulation mechanisms for TCP and UDP are outlined as well as a discussion of the different implementations of TCP/IP. The Vegas implementation is not discussed since it was invented long after the date of publication of this book. Ethernet and the encapsulation provided by IEEE, SLIP, and PPP is discussed in the next chapter on the link layer, along with the loopback interface and MTU. Estimates are given of serial line throughput, setting the stage for later timing calculations.
The IP protocol is the subject of chapter 3, the author stressing first the connectionless and unreliable nature of IP packet transfer. The IP datagram format is given in discussed, along with a detailed discussion of subnet addressing and subnet masks. The discussion of IP given here is of course very out of date with the advent of IPv6.
Chapter 4 is an overview of ARP, and the author illustrates it effectively using an example of an FTP transfer and Telnet. This is followed by a treatment of RARP in the next chapter, with the limitations of this protocol briefly discussed. Although ARP is incorporated in all current implementations of TCP/IP (with the exception of IPv6), not all of these include RARP.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sean E. Connelly on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1 - The Protocols" by Richard Stevens is probably THE book which I reference most often of any I.T. book I have. I believe I am on my third or fourth dog-eared copy (either the book becomes too worn out from overuse or, I think, a mischievous co-worker permanently borrowed one copy). Any book where I have probably spent over $200 in buying, and rebuying must be worth it - and "TCP/IP Illustrated" is worth the money!

I think you can get an idea of how great the book is from other reviews here. Rather than repeat the same raves, allow me to mention that it still amazes me, the amount of NEW books that are published that either cites, gives thanks or credits this book - Network Intrusion Detection, 3rd edition; The TAO of Network Security Monitoring; and Gray Hat Hacking are just three recent books which all mention "TCP/IP Illustrated" in their index.

"TCP/IP Illustrated" is an excellent guide for any network or systems admin. Is the material presented in this book a little dated? - Yes. Can you probably find the same material on the web? - Yes. Do you want the ONE book where you can find your TCP/IP answers? - YES! You won't be disappointed with "TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1".

I give this book 5 pings out of 5:

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
What a wonderful book by R. Stevens! I went from not knowing anything about TCP networking to knowing a great deal in only a few weeks. There is a whole lot of material and it may take several readings to grasp all of the concepts. Some of the examples are poor and subnetting should have been explored further (It is far more detailed than what is decribed in the text). However, there is far to many good things to bring this book down! It is, by far, the best TCP/IP book I have read!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on June 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am responsible for a 50+ person intrusion detection mission, and I recommend this book to analysts after 6-12 months on the job. I do this because the serious folks have lasted that long, and they receive the most benefit from definitive works like Richard's wonderful volume. In the summer of 1999, this book brought my knowledge of TCP/IP from the memorization and recognition stages to the comprehension and application stages. While some material is far too deep in the weeds (SNMP, for example), the vast majority of the book caters to any intermediate student of TCP/IP and/or network based intrusion detection. I was lucky enough to exchange emails with Richard before he died on 1 Sep 99, and I grieved the loss to his family and to the Internet community. This book and his other volumes remain as testaments to his educational ability.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By none on December 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
TCP/IP Illustrated Vol 1 is an indispensible tool to any network administrator. Rich Stevens was an excellent communicator and it clearly showed in this book. I don't know if he realized how much of an impact he has made in the networking community. I learned the basics of TCP/IP by reading this book and working out the example problems with tcpdump. This book has played an important role in my development as a computing professional. I can't recommend this book enough if you are interested in learning about how the protocols that the Internet operates over actually works. This book is worth every penny. I also recommend Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment by the same author.
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