TCP/IP and Related Protocols (The McGraw-Hill series on computer communications)

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9780070055537: TCP/IP and Related Protocols (The McGraw-Hill series on computer communications)

Written for those either using or managing data communications systems and networks, this book explains all facets of not only the Transmission Control Protcol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), but also the many protocols that operate within these two standards. Coverage in this book includes gateway protocols GGP, EGP, Hello, RIP and OSPF, naming and addressing conventions and the Domain Name System, migration issues, TCP/IP and operating environments, networks, bridges, gateways, and routers.

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The ever-improving tools available to network engineers have helped hide the details of the TCP/IP protocol suite to some degree, but real gurus know that you have to understand the protocols at a low level to really see what's going on. TCP/IP: Architecture, Protocols, and Implementation with IPv6 and IP Security shows how, under the TCP/IP protocols, digital signals are assembled into packets and routed among network nodes.

To communicate this information, the author uses lots of block diagrams and bit listings. He also patiently walks through transactions, explaining how nodes communicate back and forth to establish connections. The miscellaneous elements of the TCP/IP stack--including Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), the Domain Name System (DNS), the mail protocols, and various others--get plenty of attention too (something that's welcome, as they're not well covered in most TCP/IP books).

This second edition includes bits of information on both IP version 6 (IPv6) and IP Secure (IPsec), but neither is discussed in much depth. If you want to read more about IPv6, check out IPv6: The Next Generation Internet Protocol. If security (perhaps for a virtual private network) interests you, IPsec has all the detail you could want about the IPsec improvements to the Internet protocol stack. --David Wall

Topics covered: The design and operational behavior of the data-communications protocols that underlie modern internetworking: The Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite. In explaining how TCP/IP works, the author explains the Domain Name System (DNS) and algorithms for routing data between IP addresses. New coverage details IP version 6 (IPv6) and the IP Secure (IPsec) standards.

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Become the ultimate Internet communicator now! Want to get up and running on the latest TCP/IP release fast? Then Rely on the book that's become a standard for TCP/IP users, now fully updated to incorporate the latest IPv6 version. Here, premier data communications expert, Uyless Black, spells out the most efficient ways to use the TCP/IP interface, as well as discusses related and supporting protocols.

Written from a user's perspective, this edition includes new coverage of IPv6 and how TCP/IP interacts with new and emerging technologies such as Frame Relay and ATM. It also addresses the new composition of Internet backbones and peripheral networks. Everything you need to know about today's TCP/IP is here, including: Naming, addressing, and routing on the internet; Networks, ridges, and routers; Techniques for maximizing network security with IPv6; Network and transport layers of Internet protocols; Stacking TCP/IP; TCP/IP and operating systems; Management consideration.

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