Computer Networks, Fourth Edition, continues to provide an enduring, practical understanding of networks and their building blocks through rich, example based instruction This expanded and completely updated edition covers the why of network design, focusing not just the specifications comprising today s systems but how key technologies and protocols actually work in the real world to solve specific problems It is the only introductory computer networking book written by authors who have had first hand experience with many of the protocols discussed in the text, who have actually designed some of them as well, and who are still actively designing the computer networks today The book makes less use of computer code to explain protocols than earlier editions Moreover, this new edition shifts the focus somewhat higher in the protocol stack where there is generally innovative and exciting work going on at the application and session layers than at the link and physical layers Other new features are increased accessibility by clearly separating the advanced material from fundamental via special headings and boxed features the material is structured in such a way as to make it easier to teach top down Further, the book outstrips the competitors in offering a robust ancillary package for student and instructor support The text is complemented with figures as well as links to networking resources on the Web and links to author created materials on author maintained Web site Computer Networks, Fourth Edition, will be an invaluable resource for networking professionals and upper level undergraduate and graduate students in CS, EE, and CSE programs Completely updated with new sidebar discussions that cover the deployment status of protocols described in the bookAddition of sizeable number of new exercises and solutions

15 thoughts on “Computer Networks: A Systems Approach (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Networking)

  1. Customer Customer says:

    good condition

  2. Su2 Su2 says:

    good value for money and reasonable condition

  3. Siddhardha Siddhardha says:

    This is an awesome work by the authors I used this book for a graduate course in Networking and we covered about 90% of the text in class The book presents the field of networking using a bottom up approach starting with physical layer all the way till application layer The concepts are presented with such clarity that the reader will feel that he has a very good understanding of the topic after reading it Lots of visuals are used in this book that aid in the learning process very well Although I am done with this course, this book will stay in my shelf Without a doubt, this is one of the best texts in Computer Science I did not have any background in networking before reading this book and this book prepared me to tackle successfully some of the networking problems I faced recently at work Well deserved kudos to the authors I also had the fortune of a very good instructor for this course and it made it even enjoyable The other book my instructor has recommended is Computer Networking A Top Down Approach by Kurose and Ross we covered only one chapter in this book for lack of time but it also presents concepts in crystal clarity Either of these two books will make a great starting point for beginners to networking field Two thumbs up

  4. DH DH says:

    Davies et al wrote a very good book that is aimed at those that want to design and build products that work in a network It s detailed and has great insight on how a network actually works or should work If you are looking for a book on how to implement a network, go buy a Cisco press book However if you are looking for a book on how to build products to work in a network, this one fits just nicely.

  5. F. Jones F. Jones says:

    I feel this book is a good resource for anyone with a Computer Science background desiring to learn about networking At times the historical information concerning standards that are being have been phased out seems a little overdone, and there are a few areas where the information presented seems somewhat ambiguous about certain details particularly when dealing with spanning trees and virtual circuits but overal the book seems informative and within the grasp of most students.

  6. GreyWolf GreyWolf says:

    I like the book but some of the material is a bit dated Still the book does a good job of presenting the material and is an interesting read.

  7. Michael Yasumoto Michael Yasumoto says:

    This review compares the following four books Computer Networks by Peterson and Davie P D Computer Networks by TanenbaumComputer Networks by Comer Internetworking with TCP IPComputer Networking by Kurose and Ross K R By far the best book in the list is Computer Networking by Kurose and Ross This book covers all of the essential material that is in the other books but manages to do so in a relevant and entertaining way This book is very up to date as seen by the release of the 5th Ed when the 4th Ed is barely two years old There are lots of practical exercises using wireshark and the companion website is actually useful and relevant The attitude of this book with regard to teaching networking concepts could be summed up as try it out and see for yourself One interesting thing to note is that the socket programming example are all in Java.Next up is the Peterson and Davie book which covers everything that Kurose and Ross discuss but is slightly mathematical in how it goes about things There are a lot numerical examples and defining of formulas in this book which is fine by me and in no way detracts from the book Also the socket programming examples are in C which is a little traditional The points where this text loses ground to K R is that it doesn t have the practical application exercises that K R has and it also doesn t extend the basic networking theory that is covered to modern protocols like K R.The two Comer books come next Comer s Computer Networks book is probably the most introductory book out of this whole list and is of a survey of networking topics that doesn t cover anything in any real depth Still, this is an excellent book in that it is a quick clear read that is very lucid in its explanations and you can t help feeling that you understand everything that is covered in the book Comer s TCP IP book is the equivalent of the other authors computer network books and in that respect it is pretty average It covers all of the relevant material and in a manner which is than readable but that is all There is nothing exceptional about the book which stands out from the rest.Last comes Tanenbaum s book from the author who is probably most famous for his OS books This is probably the most technical and detailed of the books with lots of sample C code belying is experience with operating systems and their network stack code The weak point of this book is that all of the code and technical minutia might prevent the reader from seeing the forest for the trees Unless you are trying to learn how to program your own network stack for a Unix Linux system, then I would get either the K R book or the P D book to learn networking for the first time This book would best be served as a reference in which case the technical nature of the book becomes a benefit rather than detracting from the text.

  8. Jaxizz Jaxizz says:

    I m using this book along side a CSCI 400 level class and it doesnt quite make things as obvious as they really are I dont know what it is about this book but at least half of my class gets confused with this book We even had the suggestion to just use a different book he had used to get a certification There just isnt enough information to answer some of the questions in this book either that or it seems like the questions were written for a different book I do believe that this book covers most of the basics just needs examples.

  9. Shiblee Sadik Shiblee Sadik says:

    The good thing about this book is, it is easy to understand.The bad thing about this book is, the details of many techniques are incomplete.

  10. Frank Frank says:

    It even came with the barcode intact for the free manual and even the barcode security scanner And I think I was the 3rd person to use it

  11. rkruz rkruz says:

    I found this book very difficult to follow Seems to emphasis text without reinforcement of complete and detailed diagrams which makes concepts difficult to follow a picture is worth a Sometimes information is incomplete and I guess left up to the reader to discover through other reserach.not my choice for a text There are many errors in the book that exacerbate the difficulty even Very very few answers provided to end of chapter questions Some questions marked to indicate an answer is provided are not included The website that is referenced at the front of the text and provides a access password is not active I have used other text that have covered the same material much better Not sure why this text would be chosen for a course text when there are so many others THis text and as much confused me as helped understand the material.

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  13. Isabelle Isabelle says:

    The book is OK and required for classes at UW, but there are some important networking details left out.

  14. Sanncho Sanncho says:

    This book was required for one of my classes After 4 years of informal network training I think I have actually gone backwards in understanding many of these concepts I have several other books that are much better at explaining these network concepts.

  15. js js says:

    I got the item on time, and it is exactly as described, I am satisfied with all their service, and I strongly recommend them.