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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd.; 4th Revised edition edition (July 28 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764507265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764507267
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,790,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TCP/IP for Dummies aims to decode the protocols and executables that underlie the Internet and other networks that comply with its data communications standards. By combining how-to information that explains how to configure TCP/IP networking on various Microsoft Windows systems (including Windows 2000) with plenty of academic material on how Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP) work, the authors deliver considerable value to their readers. There ought to be TCP/IP configuration coverage of Linux and Mac OS--TCP/IP is, after all, ideal for heterogeneous networking--but the detailed information about the stack's workings offsets the hands-on shortcomings.

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

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“…a definitive learners’ guide, an amusing one…a great starter kit…” (IT Training, June 2003) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Perry on Feb. 19 2004
Format: Paperback
I would agree with some of the reviewers, and say that it is wrongly titled as "TCP/IP for Dummies", in fact I was suprised by their title and what I actually read. However, I enjoyed the book because I had also an interest in the workings of the Internet. The authors state in the intro that "The thing about the TCP/IP communcations protcol is that it's fundamentally tied in with networking...So, we've included a bit about networks and The Internet..." So it did not delve into great details of TCP/IP, but then again it is an very introductory text. So it worked well in just the right amount of TCP/IP detail with a great thorough introduction to The Internet technology.
As to the accuracy of some statements, I don't know because I am not an expert. However, the writers are not dummies, in fact, when someone can take a difficult and complex subject, and bring it down to a layperson's understanding it often is a sign that they really understand what they are talking about.
Furthermore, this is an excellent introduction to the workings of the Internet. I had a very incomplete understanding of the hardware/software of the internet, it helped me greatly to better understand many of the terms that I've heard discussed in techie circles. True, the dinner plate allegory did not help at all, but when they discussed matters in a more simple technical way, it was great. I give it a **** four-star because although the organization may not have been perfect and the title is slightly misleading, it still did an excellent job of explaining the internet software/hardware in a thorough fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Eduard Van Kleef on June 23 2002
Format: Paperback
Let me start with the good news: This book is packed with information regarding TCP/IP. All of the issues are in here: all the various protocols/support programs related to TCP/IP for both Windows and Unix/Linux. And a lot of it is written in the famous light-hearted dummies-style that keeps the book relatively easy going.
What irks me is the organization of the book. Some of it is VERY basic (explaining client/server for example). In contrast, other parts go into fine detail, containing exhaustive lists for example. Overall the book left a somewhat unorganized impression, a bit of a gathering of loosely connected issues in no particular order. For me, this made it diffcult to "digest" the book and remember the info in it.
In summary, if you are looking for a book that will allow a beginner to look up some of the jargon, this book is not a bad choice. For an introductory or advanced textbook, look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9 2001
Format: Paperback
Well, in my opinion subneting is probably the hardest thing in computer networking. I bought this book to hopefully understand subnetting fully. I understood some before I bought this book because I am taking classes on TCP/IP and Networking. This book is excellent on gettin you to understand all of TCP/IP. However, after reading the section on subnetting I am still unclear of how to fully do it and understand it. I thought this book would clear it up for me but the author was unable to do so. I wish there was somebody out there who could explain it to me in the simplest way possible. That's why I gave this book only 4 stars. Other than that, this is an excellent book if you need to understand TCP/IP.
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How do you teach TCP/IP to people who have little computer technology experience. That is what I faced as an engineer teaching 'newbies' the inside of the technology. My courses are taught to ordinary people, who just want a basic understanding of the field. TCP/IP is a tough subject to get across, even to 'techies'.
Having reviewed several books on the subject I found this to be the most useful. It's fun to read. It gets the IDEA across.
And, yes, it's not a book for serious, career seekers. It's a book for the average Joe - Joe Public.
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