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Guide to TCP/IP (Networking (Course Technology)) 4th Edition

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Jeffrey L. Carrell is a network systems and security instructor, and course developer to HP Networking. In addition, Jeff is a network consultant on IPv6 systems interoperability and presents IPv6 lectures and hands-on labs at various technical conferences. His involvement in the computer industry for 32 years has culminated in the concentration of his endeavors in the internetworking portion of the industry for over 25 of those years. His designs are in thousands of networks throughout the world. Jeff has enjoyed successful career advancements with several well-known network equipment manufacturers as a pre-sales consulting engineer and technical instructor. In an end-user position he has designed mission-critical/high-availability networks.

Laura Chappell is the principal behind the Protocol Analysis Institute and regularly teaches commercial classes on network analysis and her security toolkit, for open enrollment as well as on-site for private clients all over the world. She is also a regular speaker and keynote at Novell Brainshare, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), and at the Wireshark Sharkfest conferences.

Ed Tittel worked as an instructor for Austin Community College from 1997 through 2003 and taught at Interop from 1996 to 2004. He is a Network Certified Professional, and works as a full-time freelance writer and consultant in Austin, TX. He has contributed to over 130 books on computing across a broad range of subjects, and is the author of numerous titles published by Course Technology. He also writes and blogs for numerous TechTarget.com and other Websites.

Served as Developmental Editor for Global Support Content Operations at Hewlett-Packard. He is currently the technical writer and marketing contributor for Kount.
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Product Details

  • Series: Networking (Course Technology)
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (September 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133019862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133019862
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First of all I'd like to point out that I bought this textbook for a college class. As we all know, college textbooks are expensive and this book was no exception. Additionally, there are not many changes between editions, they only do this so that teachers have to make their students buy the new version when it comes around, which makes it harder for students to buy used books. This is a very dry textbook, the authors don't seem to put any enjoyment into their work. I've read other networking books which were a joy to read, but this one is just painful to get through, in my opinion.
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UNFORTUNATELY, this book is required for my class. It is way overpriced and poorly written. This is more like a dictionary of technical terms and doesn't go into the topics in detail or provide real world examples to expand on said topics. There's a lot of irrelevant text, making it a labor to read about one of my favorite subjects. The ideas and topics bounce all over the place and makes reading the book difficult.
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This is one of those technical books that are for a very niche audience. Don't get this if you're trying to learn TCP/IP because you'll likely get lost in all the thick details of how the protocol works. There are other TCP/IP books on Amazon that have received nearly 5 stars for you. This, instead, is a good book if you're already familiar with TCP/IP and want to 1) reaffirm what you know and 2) get down to the minutiae of how to make the different components of IPv4 and IPv6 operate. This book definitely has its place, just not for how many colleges are using it.
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The binding started to come apart after only one week of reading for my college course. Some of the required reading for the course referred to appendixes that did not exist. The book only had appendix A. I went to the publishers Web site Cengage Learning and the book they list shows the appendixes and chapter 12 even has a different title than the one I purchased from Amazon.
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This book is uber complicated to understand. You literally have to go through each page as you will lose sight of the context if you jump ahead. This is a great book with all the information to teach you... But it is very dull and can be excruciating to read if you are not in the right mood.
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Extremely difficult read. Facts and grammar contained inside this book are as informational, blunt, long-winded and lifeless as a Wikipedia article or any other standard textbook. The author makes absolutely no effort to make the topics inside easy to understand, includes no real life examples, and instead focused on cramming more facts per paragraph than an encyclopedia. You will feel like averting your eyes at least once per paragraph.

Most of you who own this book will be forced to buy it for a college course. Do not buy this to read for fun. You'll be bored before reaching Chapter 2. I am suffering.
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This is not a beginner's book. However, it is the ONLY book I have seen which goes deeply enough into TCP/IP to cover material for the CCIE Security Written Exam. The IPv6 material is overwhelmingly better than the Cisco Press book on IPv6. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying for the CCIE Security Written.

If you are new to networking/security - read TCP/IP Illustrated. If you are new to Wireshark / protocol analysis - read Wireshark 101. But if you have experience and want to take your knowledge to the next level, this book is for you.
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Droll book, but if you've had a basic background in Networking the book is good.

I would definitely not recommend this to anyone who hasn't taken a 101 course or read up on Networking basics first.
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