The authors spend a bit too long explaining elementary stuff about the Internet. Still, they unravel Internet phenomena very clearly, explaining for example that FTP is a protocol, a service, and an application in complete TCP/IP suites. Dummies books are big on using analogies to explain technical subjects; this book uses food and a set of dinnerware as an analogy for the TCP/IP software, and sometimes distracts from its educational objective by struggling to make the comparison fit. Regardless, the authors succeed in explaining an important and complex set of internetworking technologies to readers with no prior TCP/IP experience. You'll appreciate the background this book provides if you are planning to configure a small TCP/IP network or work your way toward more elaborate jobs. --David Wall
I was looking for a book that explained the nuts and bolts of TCP/IP. Instead the book dedicates six chapters or so to TCP/IP. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004 by Omari Norman
I had heard that previous versions were so-so, but this edition had everything a non-expert would need to understand the basics of the TCP/IP protocal. Read morePublished on April 3 2003 by Ken Onuska Berman
I was anxious to read this book, hoping to learn more about IP and networking in general.
Some of it hit home, but a lot of it went too far off the technology deep end. Read more