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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 8 edition (Aug. 2 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132433109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132433105
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Preface Objectives

This book attempts to provide a unified overview of the broad field of data and computer communications. The organization of the book reflects an attempt to break this massive subject into comprehensible parts and to build, piece by piece, a survey of the state of the art. The book emphasizes basic principles and topics of fundamental importance concerning the technology and architecture of this field and provides a detailed discussion of leading-edge topics.

The following basic themes serve to unify the discussion:

Principles: Although the scope of this book is broad, there are a number of basic principles that appear repeatedly as themes and that unify this field. Examples are multiplexing, flow control, and error control. The book highlights these principles and contrasts their application in specific areas of technology. Design approaches: The book examines alternative approaches to meeting specific communication requirements. Standards: Standards have come to assume an increasingly important, indeed dominant, role in this field. An understanding of the current status and future direction requires a comprehensive discussion of the related standards. Plan of the Text

The book is divided into five parts:

I. Overview: Provides an introduction to the range of topics covered in the book. In addition, this part includes a discussion of protocols, OSI, and the TCP/IP protocol suite. II. Data Communications: Concerned primarily with the exchange of data between two directly connected devices. Within this restricted scope, the key aspects of transmission, interfacing, link control, and multiplexing are examined. III. Wide Area Networks: Examines the internal mechanisms and user-network interfaces that have been developed to support voice, data, and multimedia communications over long-distance networks. The traditional technologies of packet switching and circuit switching are examined, as well as the more recent ATM. A separate chapter is devoted to congestion control issues. IV. Local Area Networks: Explores the technologies and architectures that have been developed for networking over shorter distances. The transmission media, topologies, and medium access control protocols that are the key ingredients of a LAN design are explored and specific standardized LAN systems examined. V. Networking Protocols: Explores both the architectural principles and the mechanisms required for the exchange of data among computers, workstations, servers, and other data processing devices. Much of the material in this part relates to the TCP/IP protocol suite.

In addition, the book includes an extensive glossary, a list of frequently used acronyms, and a bibliography. Each chapter includes problems and suggestions for further reading.

The book is intended for both an academic and a professional audience. For the professional interested in this field, the book serves as a basic reference volume and is suitable for self-study. As a textbook, it can be used for a one-semester or two-semester course. It covers the material in the Computer Communication Networks course of the joint ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula 1991. The chapters and parts of the book are sufficiently modular to provide a great deal of flexibility in the design of courses. The following are suggestions for course design:

Fundamentals of Data Communications: Parts One (overview) and Two (data communications) and Chapters 9 through 11 (circuit switching, packet switching, and ATM). Communications Networks: If the student has a basic background in data communications, then this course could cover Parts One (overview), Three (WAN), and Four (LAN). Computer Networks: If the student has a basic background in data communications, then this course could cover Part One (overview), Chapters 6 and 7 (data communication interface and data link control), and Part Five (protocols).

In addition, a more streamlined course that covers the entire book is possible by eliminating certain chapters that are not essential on a first reading. Chapters that could be optional are Chapters 3 (data transmission) and 4 (transmission media), if the student has a basic understanding of these topics; Chapter 8 (multiplexing); Chapter 9 (circuit switching); Chapter 12 (congestion control); Chapter 16 (internetworking); and Chapter 18 (network security). Internet Services for Instructors and Students

There is a Web site for this book that provides support for students and instructors. The site includes links to relevant sites, transparency masters of figures in the book, and sign-up information for the book's Internet mailing list. The Web page is at shore/~ws/DCC6e.html; see the section, "Web Site for Data and Computer Communications," following this Preface, for more information. An Internet mailing list has been set up so that instructors using this book can exchange information, suggestions, and questions with each other and with the author. As soon as typos or other errors are discovered, an errata list for this book will be available at shore/~ws. Projects for Teaching Data and Computer Communications

For many instructors, an important component of a data communications or networking course is a project or set of projects by which the student gets hands-on experience to reinforce concepts from the text. This book provides an unparalleled degree of support for including a projects component in the course. The instructor's manual not only includes guidance on how to assign and structure the projects, but also includes a set of suggested projects that covers a broad range of topics from the text, including research projects, simulation projects, analytic modeling projects, and reading/report assignments. See Appendix C for details. What's New in the Sixth Edition

This sixth edition is seeing the light of day less than 15 years after the publication of the first edition. Much has happened during those years. Indeed, the pace of change, if anything, is increasing. In this new edition, I try to capture these changes while maintaining a broad and comprehensive coverage of the entire field. To begin the process of revision, the fifth edition of this book was extensively reviewed by a number of professors who teach the subject. The result is that, in many places, the narrative has been clarified and tightened, and illustrations have been improved. Also, a number of new "field-tested" problems have been added.

Beyond these refinements to improve pedagogy and user friendliness, there have been major substantive changes throughout the book. Every chapter has been revised, new chapters have been added, and the overall organization of the book has changed. Highlights include the following:

xDSL: The term xDSL refers to a family of digital subscriber line technologies that provide high-speed access to ISDN and other wide area networks over ordinary twisted-pair lines from the network to a residential or business subscriber. The book surveys xDSL and especially Asymmetric Digital Subscribe Line (ADSL) technology. Gigabit Ethernet: The discussion on 100-Mbps Ethernet has been updated and an introduction to Gigabit Ethernet has been added. Available bit rate (ABR) service and mechanisms: ABR is a relatively recent addition to the offerings for ATM networks. It provides enhanced support for IP-based data traffic. Congestion control: A separate chapter is now devoted to this topic. This unified presentation clarifies the issues involved. The chapter includes expanded coverage of ATM traffic management and congestion control techniques. IP multicasting: A new section is devoted to this important topic. Integrated and differentiated services, plus RSVP: There have been substantial developments since the publication of the fifth edition in enhancements to the Internet to support a variety of multimedia and time-sensitive traffic. A new chapter covers integrated services, differentiated services, other issues related to quality of service (QoS), and the important RSVP reservation protocol. TCP congestion control: This continues to be an area of active research. The book includes a new section surveying this topic.

In addition, throughout the book, virtually every topic has been updated to reflect the developments in standards and technology that have occurred since the publication of the fifth edition. Quality Control

An expanded effort has been made to assure a high level of quality in the production of the book. More time and resources have been devoted to a careful proofreading of the text in both the manuscript and page proof stages by both the author and the publisher. In addition, numerous volunteers from the professional community were recruited, each of whom was responsible for carefully reading just one chapter to check for technical errors and typographical errors. Each chapter of the book has benefited from two of these reviews. My thanks to Mel Adams, Navin Kumar Agarwal, Ferdinand N. Ahlberg, David Airlie, Tom Allebrandi, Maurice Baker, Rob Blais, Art Boughan, Frank Byrum, George Cherian, Christian Cseh, Dr. Mickael Fontaine, Charles Freund, Bob Furtaw, Andrew Gallo, Gary Gapinski, Sundar Gopal, Phil Guillemette, David Hoffman, Dr. Jun Huang, Prasad Kallur, Gary Kessler, Steven Kilby, John Kristoff, David Lucantoni, Kenneth Ma, Eddie Maendel, Richard Masoner, Mark McCutcheon, John McHarry, Mittal Monanim, Dr. John Naylon, Robert Olsson, Mike Patterson, Mahbubur Rashid, Jeffrey Rhodes, Monika Riffle, Peter Russell, Ahmet Sekercioglu, Rayaz Siddiqu, Dick Smith, Dave Stern, Omesh Tickoo, Scott Valcourt, Dominick Vanacore, Eko Wibowo, Craig Wiesner, and Jeffrey Wright.

Finally, Arthur Werbner reviewed and verified all of the homework problems and solutions. Acknowledgements

This new edition has benefited from review by a number of people, who gave generously of their time and expertise. Robert H. Greenfield (Villanova University) went way beyond the call of duty in providing numerous detailed comments on technical and pedagogical matters. Others who were very helpful are Thomas Milham (Devry Institute of Technology), Gregory B. Brewster (DePaul University), Marc Delvaux (GlobeSpan Semiconductors), Robert E. Morris (Devry Institute of Technology), and Matt Mutka (Michigan State University). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Data and Computer Communications sixth edition provides a clear and comprehensive survey of the whole field of data communications and a tutorial on leading-edge network technologies and protocols. Considered the standard in its field for the last 15 years, this up-to-date book continues to meet the needs of students, academics, and professionals by emphasizing both the fundamental principles as well as the critical role of performance in driving protocol and network design. This new edition offers a complete and detailed assessment of critical technical areas in data communications, wide-area networking, local area networking, and protocol design.

  • Includes xDSL, a family of digital subscriber line technologies that provides high-speed access to ISDN and other wide-area networks over ordinary twisted-pair lines from the network to a residential or business subscriber
  • Presents an introduction to Gigabit Ethernet and an updated discussion on 100-Mbps Ethernet
  • Covers Available Bit Rate (ABR) Service and Mechanisms that provides enhanced support for IP-based data traffic
  • Surveys TCP Congestion Control, an area of active research
  • Highlights Congestion Control that clarifies and expands the coverage of ATM traffic management and congestion control techniques
  • Offers a new section devoted to IP MulticastingIncorporates substantial developments to the Internet, e.g. integrated services, differentiated services, other issues related to Quality of Service (QoS), and the important RSVP reservation protocol
  • Provides a Companion Website,, with extensive supplementary resources such as links to important sites for students and instructors, transparency masters of figures from the book, PowerPoint slides for lecturing, and an errata sheet
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on Dec 24 2002
Format: Hardcover
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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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:
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.
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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For the stated audience -- academics and self-study professionals -- it is hard to envision a better single volume study of datacom principles. Divided into five primary parts (overview, data communications, WANs, LANs, and Networking Protocols), it can provide excellent first course source material to provide a general overview of datacom principles and techniques.
Note that, with as much information as being presented, the book is much more useful as a course text for study than for casual reading. However, it covers sufficient areas to be useful as a reference for the data & computer communications professional. Additional information is maintained by the author on his web site which provides more up-to-date information than can ever be maintained in a printed volume.
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