- Paperback: 888 pages
- Publisher: Pearson Education; Sixth edition (30 June 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789332585492
- ISBN-13: 978-9332585492
- ASIN: 9332585490
- Package Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.6 x 3.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 85 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Paperback – 30 Jun 2017
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Best Book to understand Networking. Correctly labelled as top down approach. Basics of Networking has been covered in simple language. Readers without any prior knowledge of the subject will also understand the concepts and theory explained in the book.
If you are someone who is still not clear as to what exactly Data Link layer does and how is it different from Network Layer. Then, this book is for you. It will give a great insight into the world of Networking, which many claim to understand but in reality very few actually understand.
This was the 3rd book on Networking which I had read, after tannenbaum and one more (I don't even remember its name now). And it was this book, which gave me the confidence to say that I understand Networking.
You will never go wrong with this book, Trust me.
Just go for it.
Note - If you are a Networking Pro, you might find it overly simple. Everybody else just get it in your book shelf
Now just review of the book:
The book is obviously great, everything in really top down manner, explains all nuts and bolts. But if you are looking for something that follows your UG syllabus then it's not for you. Get the Data Communications and Networking by Forouzan which is easy to follow, covers all the syllabus and very well structured.
1. Illustrations: The book is replete with illustrations. It makes life so simple especially in the networks domain. For a graphical person like me who understands from images rather than long text, this is a godsend.
2. Simplicity: Networks is one of the most interesting topics in CS. It should not be made boring. This is one of my complaints against Forouzan. This one beats the lot.
3. Transport and Application Layer: The first 300 odd pages of the book cover a general overview (very broad and encompassing), and then the application and transport layer protocols. This is in keeping with the top down perspective of the book. The transport layer descriptions especially of TCP/IP are outstanding.
4. It has several practical exercises: While not really well explained in the text, it introduces one to wireshark, nmap and fiddler. These are typical tools in the hands of hackers. To see them in texts is subtly thrilling!
5. Easy first: The author makes few assumptions about the students knowledge and takes the most easy way possible of explaining things. As an example, while explaining Reliable Data Transfer, it could have been done through a short program, but instead the authors chose to do it through FSMs with it's flow charts. In this process i relearnt about Finite state machines as well as RDTs.
6. Well Updated: This book undergoes revisions every one/two years! To me that is too fast, but maybe necessary in this field of networks/network security. This compares really well with Tanenbaum, which feels slightly dated.
1. Physical Layer: This could be improved in comparison to all the other texts. For a computer scientist, this should be less important, but maybe in a reference text this should be more explained.
2. Coverage: Compared with forouzan whose coverage is wide this book takes up fewer topics, but does them better (in my opinion)
3. The book cites RFCs very often. To me that is more relevant to the practitioner rather than first time reader.
Note: All of the above were not downers for me, but maybe relevant to certain audience, so i thought i should mention.
How to choose your networks book:
1. Kurose: Best book overall. Best first book. Topics well explained.
2. Forouzan: For a more indepth course, broader coverage, rote/knowledge oriented exam or for a electronics major doing Networks from CS perspective, this is a better book
3. Tanenbaum: Woudn't recommend this ahead of the above two books, because much of the content gets subsumed. Since Tanenbaum is primarily an educator and his writing is lucid, i would recommend it as a second book to look through chapters you may not understand
4. Stallings: Stallings has two much more specialized books. Network Security and Foundations of modern networking. They are introductory books for second courses in networks
The book "content" is indeed The Best, but I never expected that Amazon will break my trust, this poor is completely pirated, no hologram nothing, poor printing, dull pages,just by its look anyone can judge that its not original, worst page quality and especially the Headlines are so light colored that you have to strain your eyes to read them. Don't buy from here please.