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SIP Demystified 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0071373403
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From the Back Cover

SEE SIP IN A BROAD COMMUNICATIONS CONTEXT

ASSESS WHAT SIP CAN DO AND DELIVER

EVALUATE SIP's FIT WITH OTHER STANDARDS AND SYSTEMS

PLAN NEW SIP-ENABLED SERVICES

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is the signalling protocol that will deliver IP multimedia services for the third generation of mobile systems. It will merge together the cellular and Internet worlds. It will provide ubiquitous access to the services it enables, and make us a truly mobile population for the first time. These are not small claims, which might explain why some people have started looking to SIP as an all-purpose solution to building the telecom future.

In fact, SIP is a powerful but limited protocol, with a well-defined scope. This book describes it in the context its framers intended, and meticulously explains how to use it as a transformative tool for telecom services. Written by one of the earliest contributors to SIP development in the IETF, SIP DEMYSTIFIED takes a long look at the "what's" and "why's" of today's most talked-about protocol, helping readers to move past the buzz, get poised for 3G, and start developing tomorrow's applications.

You must read this book if--


* You're a telecom engineer, manager, or developer who wants to survive professionally in a converged world
* You want a smooth transition from switched circuits to the connectionless paradigm
* You want to be first to market with SIP services
* You want to know how SIP interacts with other protocols
* You need to find out what architectures support SIP
* You have questions about QoS, security, and authentication
* You want to evaluate SIP products, such as gateways, proxy servers, application servers,SIP phones, instant messaging, and presence applications
* You're an industry analyst predicting and rating coming hot products and services
* You're a curious noncombatant who can't get enough insider details on how the newest technologies work

SIP DEMYSTIFIED gives you jargon-free explanations of the concepts that set SIP apart from other protocols and the reasons the standard was drafted--so you can decide what to do with it.

About the Author

GONZALO CAMARILLO is the Principal Systems Expert with the Advanced Signaling Research Lab of Ericsson in Helsinki, Finland. An active participant in the IETF's SIP Working Group since its inception, he co-authored several contributions on SIP-related matters. He is also a frequent speaker at VoIP conferences and the Ericsson representative in the SIP Forum. He received an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and another M.Sc. degree, also in Electrical Engineering, from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is continuing his studies as a Ph.D candidate at Helsinki University of Technology.
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Product Details

  • Series: Demystified
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (September 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071373403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071373401
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book covered too many points on the spectrum. The first half goes over everything BUT SIP. Most people who want to learn the generic SIP structure already know how a simple telephone and data network operates.
This takes a little too long to get the the "meat" but from there on gives a pretty good detail of the SIP format for anyone looking at understanding the basic SIP code format.
As a fundamentals book for anyone wanting to start learning SIP programming it would be a good reference to have on the shelf. Skip the first half though.
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The book is organized in a fluid, logical manner, and is super for me, because I am one of many people coming from a heritage telecom career that's trying to learn about SIP.

Highly recommended!
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I advise to avoid this book, as it is based on the obsolete RFC 2543. Just a year after the book was published, RFC 3261 became the new SIP standard, that is widely used today (e.g. adopted for IMS networks). It is important to know that there are major changes between RFC 2543 and RFC 3261, e.g. the usage of the Request-URI and routing headers (loose routing introduced instead of the legacy strict routing mechanism). So you would face a few surprises if you learn and design based on this book (I did so...).

Also, the book contains quite a few annoying errors. I'm not much disturbed by grammatical errors mentionned in another review, but in many cases, the error is in the examples (e.g. values of headers messed up). This can cause a lot of confusions, even if you need to learn about the old SIP standard.

Otherwise, it is a nicely written, easy-to-read book. It's a pity there is no new edition, as it would be excellent for beginners.
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This is a great book for absolute beginners. If you have already read the SIP RFC(s) then this book is clearly not for you, on the other hand if you are an engineer beginning to learn SIP then this could provide a great introduction.

The first few chapters are not about SIP but about telecom, VoIP in general and IETF process. I found that quite useful too.

After having read this book you will be able to understand RFC 3261 much better. This is a fast read, I finished this book in a day when I read it several years ago. This could also be a whirlwind refresher for someone who had once worked on SIP but now wants to brush up for a sales meeting tommorow.
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Good book on SIP. Bought it to expand our knowledge of SIP in an Asterisk enviroment.

The initial introduction is a bit too-long. I think that when you buy a book on SIP, you already know IP telephony and alikes works.

Before buying, keep in mind that the book is on SIP, generally speaking, and SIP is used on lots of places, not only on Internet/IP telephony.
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well written, for Those that need the read details and understanding of the protocol. I would say this will work to help you read captures and understand the issue! when trouble shooting.
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This book is not for the programmer who wants to know how to program and debug SIP.
This book is for a manager or other interested party who needs to understand how SIP works at a theoretical works and fits with the other protocols.
There is no programming information in the book. It is all just examples to give you context.
If you are only interested in this, I think that it is a very good for that purpose. The writing is to the point and the examples are clear.
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Please note that, for this review, I did not read the entire book. I only read the chapters that got to the parts of SIP I needed to know for the task at hand. It was informative the few chapters I read.
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