10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Technically! - not for Newbies!,
This review is from: TCP/IP Illustrated, Vol. 1: The Protocols (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) (Hardcover)
The more I read about TCP/IP (or any technical subject) the more it becomes clear that what may be good for one student may not be good for another. Some will really like this book. Others will really hate it. If you have already had the 10,000 ft. view of the TCP/IP protocol suite, and hunger for the nut-and-bolts, then this book is for you. It goes into excrutiating detail about what is happening during communication exchanges, maps out all the fields in various headers, and shows you just what happens - even the extraneous stuff - when some common commands are executed.
I gave it four stars because I have not seen any other text go into this kind of detail. For a companion text, I would recommend "Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol. I" (Comer), or "Internet Core Protocols: the Definitive Guide" (Hall).