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An Introduction to Computer Networks

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Peter Lars Dordal, Loyola University of Chicago

Pub Date: 2014

Publisher: Independent

Language: English

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Reviewed by Terri Devlin, Instructor, Aims Community College on 7/23/19

Even though the title of the text is "An Introduction to Networking", the author seems to assume that the student or reader knows a lot about the subject matter and terminology. Topics and some definitions are presented, however the author does a... read more


Reviewed by Audrey Styer, Instructor, CIS/CPS, Morton College on 12/21/18

This textbook provides a very comprehensive and in-depth introduction to computer networking. read more


Reviewed by Sunho Lim, Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University on 3/27/18

The text covers all five layers (phy, link, net, trans, and app) and their associated algorithms and communication protocols in the network, and provides an effective index and/or golssary. read more


Reviewed by Luke Osterritter, Adjunct Instructor, Penn State New Kensington on 2/1/18

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). read more


Reviewed by Lisa Bain, Professor, Rhode Island College on 2/1/18

The book covers all the major topics required for a computer networking course. read more


Table of Contents

  • 0 Preface
  • 1 An Overview of Networks
  • 2 Ethernet
  • 3 Other LANs
  • 4 Links
  • 5 Packets
  • 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 Mininet
  • 19 Queuing and Scheduling
  • 20 Quality of Service
  • 21 Network Management and SNMP
  • 22 Security
  • 23 Bibliography
  • 24 Selected Solutions

About the Book

An Introduction to Computer Networksis 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.