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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 8 edition (Aug. 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132433109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132433105
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 18.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2004
Format: Hardcover
There were a lot of interesting topics covered in this book, but unfortunately because of the volume of material that the author attempted to include, there was little on any one subject.
Also, beware the questions at the end of the chapter if you're using this book for a class. They tend to be rather vague.
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This book was well written and covered a broad range of topics which gives the reader a good general knowledge of how digital and analog signals work and how they are encoded and decoded. The author is very knowledgeable however he needs to realize that his readers are (perhaps) not as smart or experienced in this field as he is. The extensive use of acronyms throughout the text make it difficult at times to fully understand what is being taught. I found myself paging back in the book to look up the acronyms just to understand what I was reading.
It would also be quite helpful if the author offered a study guide to accompany the text containg solutions the questions at the end of the chapter. Practice questions are a lot more helpful if the student actually has some way to verify that they are doing the questions correctly.
Overall the book was well written although the author should concentrate on using full terms instead of stating the term at the beginning of the book and using the acronym through out the rest of the text.
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By A Customer on Aug. 16 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found this book interesting. It explores the mathematics behind waves and frequencies and transmissions, encoding, etc... You should have some college calculus to be really comfortable with this book or have a friend who is into math. Probably a good textbook, but may be frustrating if you are self-studying for some reason (if you don't know a lot about math, that is).
But the math concepts are only introduced as they are needed, and you will need to find other places to learn the stuff you need there. I also noticed that some of the questions at the end of the chapters have answers that are nowhere to be found in the book. Strange, that. I guess it assumes you have an internet connection. Much, if not all of the material in this book can be found on the internet in greater detail free of charge. But that still does not mean that the book is useless. It depends on how much the purchase price means to you.
What this book does is gives you a framework that helps you know what to study, and what the major subject categories in this field are. And in some circles, it is very valuable that it also gives you the mathematical background behind what is going on.
I would imagine you could skip this one if you know what you need to learn. If the purchase price is daunting, you would probably be just as well off just using the table of contents of this book as the "list" of things to know about networking. This book appears to be some sort of standard in the colleges around this country and the world. Even though it may not fit your learning style, or you may not be big on math, there are countless folks using this book so it might be helpful in that way. It gives you an overview of the field. A big picture, so to speak.
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Format: Hardcover
This book has been heaven sent for me, mainly because of my background. I have a EE background and I have been always wanting to know about the data networks.
The first and the second parts of the book deals with the signalling and transmission media and also the basics of the data networks like data link control. I found these sections (mainly signalling) very weak and sub standard, but most of the CS students in the class were scratching their heads complaining that it was too complicated. The best thing in these sections is the data link control (just spectacular).
The remaining parts of the books have covered data networks. Now some seasoned networking person would find these parts very abstract and not enough depth in it, but a novice that I was in data networks, I loved it.
The three sections are:
WAN
LAN
Security and Internet and protocols
The discussion on WAN/ATM is boring.
The best part of the book is in fact the LAN section.
Internet protocols are also well defined.
Other strengths of the book:
1. A very smooth and progressive transition from the switched network discussion to the data networks discussion.
2. Some of the problems are pretty challenging and make you think beyond what you read in the book, some of the analytical problems are great.
3. Very analytical.
Weaknesses:
1. Typical Stallings book, covers too much without going in the depth in any single topic.
2. The book spends almost equal time on all the technologies, some of the hot topics need to discussed more and the obsolete topics are not supposed to be discussed that much (typical Stallings) an example is token ring and ethernet have an equal amount of discussion, even though token ring is out.
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Format: Hardcover
For beginners-Even our TA said it is not a good book. Half of my class in EE hate this book - as our TA said - "it tries to cover too many stuff but without enough details". Our professor assigns homework from the back of the chapter, and we are having hard time finding answers and hints from the book even after reading the chapters over and over again - because the book doesn't have enough detail on how to solve problems.
Maybe it is good for someone who know the topic well. But I absolutely think this is not good for beginners.
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