An Introduction to Computer Networks
Peter Dordal, Loyola University of Chicago
Pub Date: 2014
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This text does a great job of covering the basics of computer networks while also presenting in-depth information, as well as diving into some read more
This text does a great job of covering the basics of computer networks while also presenting in-depth information, as well as diving into some somewhat tangential, but important, areas (e.g. security).
There are some terms here that I have seen presented differently than I have learned them or encountered in industry, but nothing inaccurate.
It would seem that this book is kept rather up-to-date, though much of the content is so fundamental as to not have too much of an expiration date, even in this field.
I believe the text is clear in most cases. However, I do feel many of the topics become very in-depth, very fast. It would be nice to have some concepts factored out to their basics early in the chapters, then expounded upon later.
The text does not appear to have any major inconsistencies.
When viewing online, the table of contents makes the content very browsable. However, when viewing in PDF, the large amount of subheadings for any one chapter can be a bit tough to navigate.
As the author notes, there isn't much agreement in how to present this topic, and it can be very difficult to explain one portion without referencing another topic that may not have been presented. I think factoring out some basics and explaining them up front, as this book has done, is a clever way of handling this.
I did not encounter any issues with the text interface.
I did not see any obvious grammatical errors.
This book is very matter-of-fact, with little in the way of irreverence. Likewise, there isn't much to work with here to be proactively inclusive. I think it works to be somewhat inert in this manner.
Overall, I think that this book is a great resource to have given its open availability. It's not the simplest book, so using this in a first level class or in a more general IT, CS, or survey course will take some shepherding on the part of the instructor. The comprehensiveness does suggest to me that this might be able to fill two courses worth of content, as well. It would be nice to have some of the information factored out, with some of the highlights available as lecture materials. On its own though, I feel this would be a strong resource to use in a computer networking course.
The book covers all the major topics required for a computer networking course. read more
The book covers all the major topics required for a computer networking course.
Yes, this book is accurate in the major areas that the reviewer read. The entire text was not reviewed.
Yes, the book is up-to-date with the major concepts that do not change (e.g. TCP, IP, UDP) and also includes the latest standards for Wi-Fi. However, some networking technologies will need to be updated as advancements are made (e.g. newer Wi-Fi standards).
Yes, the text is clearly written. However, the content is very technical and would be challenging for a non-technical person to understand all aspects. It is very straight-forward and appropriate for a technical audience.
Yes, the book is consistent and uses the same technical terminology throughout.
Yes the book is very modular and provides many small sections within each chapter for specific topics.
The flow of the book is similar to other networking books in that is starts with an introduction then provides additional details in following chapters.
The interface in PDF is easy to navigate using the table of contents and embedded links.
Of the information read, no grammar errors were found.
This is not relative to this book.
This book would be appropriate for an instructor with a strong background in teaching networking and using a more technical approach.
Table of Contents
1 An Overview of Networks
3 Other LANs
6 Abstract Sliding Windows
7 IP version 4
8 IP version 6
9 Routing-Update Algorithms
10 Large-Scale IP Routing
11 UDP Transport
12 TCP Transport
13 TCP Reno and Congestion Management
14 Dynamics of TCP Reno
15 Newer TCP Implementations
16 Network Simulations: ns-2
17 The ns-3 Network Simulator
18 Queuing and Scheduling
19 Quality of Service
20 Network Management and SNMP
23 Selected Solutions
About the Book
An Introduction to Computer Networks is a free and open general-purpose computer-networking textbook, complete with diagrams and exercises. It covers the LAN, internetworking and transport layers, focusing primarily on TCP/IP. Particular attention is paid to congestion; other special topics include queuing, real-time traffic, network management, security and the ns simulator.
The book is suitable as the primary text for an undergraduate or introductory graduate course in computer networking, as a supplemental text for a wide variety of network-related courses, and as a reference work.
About the Contributors
Peter Lars Dordal is an associate professor within the Department of Computer Science at Loyola University of Chicago. His research interests are in programming languages and computer networks.