This book provides a deep and broad introduction to a complex subject, covering both the theory of basic networking technologies as well as practical solutions to networking problems. The authors′ unique approach, grounded in modern converged environments, helps the reader to form a picture of the network not as a collection of disparate components, but as a whole.
This book is written for undergraduate and post graduate students, as well as for IT professionals, who want to have a fundamental knowledge of networking principles, understand any particular features of the traditional and novel technologies of both Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs), or learn methods of designing and administering major and complex networks. Basic solutions to problems such data encoding, error detection, medium access, routing, flow and congestion control, and end–to–end transport are discussed.
Part I: Networking Basics.
Chapter 1: Evolution of Computer Networks.
Chapter 2: General Principles of Network Design.
Chapter 3: Packet and Circuit Switching.
Chapter 4: Network Architecture and Standardization.
Chapter 5: Examples of Networks.
Chapter 6: Network Characteristics.
Chapter 7: Methods of Ensuring Quality of Service.
Part II: Physical Layer Technologies.
Chapter 8: Transmission Links.
Chapter 9: Data Encoding and Multiplexing.
Chapter 10: Wireless Transmission.
Chapter 11: Transmission Networks.
Part III: Local Area Networks.
Chapter 12: Ethernet.
Chapter 13: High–Speed Ethernet.
Chapter 14: Shared Media LANs.
Chapter 15: Switched LAN Basics.
Chapter 16: Advanced Features of Switched LANs.
Part IV: TCP/IP Internet–working.
Chapter 17: Addressing in TCP/IP Networks.
Chapter 18: Internet Protocol.
Chapter 19: Core Protocols of the TCP/IP Stack.
Chapter 20: Advanced Features of IP Routers.
Part V: Wide–Area Networks.
Chapter 21: Virtual Circuit WAN.
Chapter 22: IP WANs.
Chapter 23: Remote Access.
Chapter 24: Secure Transport Services.
References and recommended reading.
Victor and Natalia Olifer, Moscow, Russia are a prize–winning and best–selling husband and wife author team. Collaborating with A–List translators – experts in translating computing books by eastern european authors – they will spend a sabbatical year in London designing the courseware to accompany this textbook.