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Best Old TCP/IP Books

News  Selected Computer Books Classic Computer Books Introductory Network Administration Advanced Reference
Open Routing Network
DNS SMTP Microsoft
IDS (Snort) DHCP OSPF IP6 BGP4 CCNA Certification IBM Redbooks
Linux Network Administration Unix programming Unix History with some Emphasis on Scripting Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering  Sysadmin Horror Stories Humor Etc

TCP/IP is an old protocol invented in the previous century :-). And that means that older books are often cheaper and better then "paper pulp" that publishing houses dump on the unsuspecting masses ;-).

So, say, an introductory book published in 1998-2002 is often as good or better then books that are published in 2004-2005.   That way you can save some money without sacrificing quality of education. As one Amazon reader aptly said in his review of "IP Routing Protocols: RIP, OSPF, BGP, PNNI and Cisco Routing Protocols "

Save your money. Buy Radia Perlman's book "Interconnections, 2ed", John Stewart's book "BGPv4", and Ivan Pepelnjak's "EIGRP Network Design Solutions." Or simply buy Jeff Doyle's "Routing TCP/IP." Sure, the last couple are Cisco-centric, but they cover the protocol operations in detail. Doyle's, in particular, covers several protocols and is probably the best overall reference on all rouTING protocols only because he also covers EIGRP. My second choice would be Radia Perlman's, even though she does not cover the popular but proprietary EIGRP. The Mother of Spanning Tree Protocol has done a remarkable job not only on routing protocols, but also on the layer two operations of bridges and switches.

There are two major types of introductory books: TCP networking oriented and TCP/IP networks administration oriented (often Unix oriented, but several solid Windows books appeared recently). Several important noted to readers: 

No single TCP/IP related book that can satisfy all needs of Unix/Linux administrator or a serious student. You need at least three different books. So the most economical way is probably to get a the best introductory book in the area that is most important for you and a CD (Networking CD bookshelf is available from O'Reilly) for the other two.  For example if you buy O'Reilly CD at least you will have a useful reference on DNS and Sendmail. This CD is  overpriced and outdated so shop for a reasonable price. There are lot of online stores and auctions to shop around.

DNS now is covered in a separate page. Beware that O'Reilly DNS/Bind books are not for novices and generally are badly written and badly edited,  although each new edition is better that previous.

For the in-depth treatment  of the TCP/IP Protocol I think that a routing book might be a better deal. At least the authors really know TCP/IP level, even if they are weak on routing. May be IP Routing Primer  would be a better deal. For Cisco routers Cisco Routers for IP Routing Little Black Book is an excellent introduction.

Troubleshooting of TCP/IP is covered in several books. Some useful information can be found in TCP/IP : Network Administration (3-d edition) which is an open book (available from above mentioned  O'Reilly Networking CD 2.0). 

Good luck !

Dr. Nikolai Bezroukov

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[Feb 3, 2005] Linux Network Administrator's Guide, Third Edition

Available in O'Reilly Safari

[May 1, 2004] The Linux TCP/IP Stack -- Networking for Embedded Systems

An Excellent book and covers the 2.6 kernel
Networking Series

Dave Mclain:

5.0 out of 5 stars very detailed under the hood type of book, July 26, 2004 By (Fairfax, VA)

Mr. Herbert has dissected the LINUX TCP/IP stack using the source code. In this book he presents what he has discovered. The book goes through a lot of the source code and has good explanations of what it does. It is better than a lot of LINUX books where only the source code is listed with few explanations.

The book also discusses the RFC's and how they are implemented in the stack. The source code for the LINUX TCP/IP stack is fairly large. The book does not cover all of it, but it does cover the main paths packets take through the stack. Having read the book, I found it easier to read the LINUX TCP/IP source code myself.

[Oct 11, 2001] Linux Routing By: Joe Brockmeier; Dee-Ann LeBlanc; Ron McCarty

It's an old book and it's a mixture of advanced and intro material.

IP Routing

It does a fair job of explaining how the different routing protocols are implemented on Cisco routers.

Understanding Linux Network Internals (9780596002558) Christian Benvenuti

TCP/IP Architecture, Design and Implementation in Linux

*** Overpriced and outdated...
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, though not as good as I hoped, January 30, 2009


Alexandre SIDORENKO (Montreal, Canada) - See all my reviews

This review is from: TCP/IP Architecture, Design and Implementation in Linux (Practitioners) (Hardcover)

This book is useful if you want to better understand Linux _TCP_ internals (i.e. not just IP). There are several good books describing Linux networking internals for link-layer, IP, routing, neighbouring etc. - but no books of the same quality for TCP and UDP yet.

There are two main problems with the book:
- it is written for 2.4 kernels only (no 2.6)
- there is a huge number of typos, stylistic and grammatical errors

Even though the authors write in the preface: "The newest kernel version 2.6 does not have much variation as far as the TCP/IP stack is considered", this is only partially true. Most important algorithms are the same, but there were many new features; structures layout is rather different (they changed it several times even in 2.6 kernels).

For a description of Linux networking internals not related to TCP I would rather recommend "Understanding Linux Network Internals" by Christian Benvenuti.

The book provides nice descriptions of TCP algorithms - both generic and Linux-specific. For example, if you want to understand the management of synqueue/acceptqueue (what does it mean that connection is 'young'?), the book provides a very detailed and easy to understand description. The same is true for timers management, core processing and state machine.

The chapter about debugging is rather outdated - it describes LKCD/lcrash environment but all new kernels have kexec/kdump facility and 'crash' is the preferred debugger for those vmcores. Maybe 2.4 kernels and lkcd are still relevant for embedded Linux (2.4 has a smaller memory footprint), I am mainly interested in normal systems.

So this book is the best we have for Linux TCP internals at this moment. The authors promise to update the description for 2.6 kernels in the next edition. Hopefully typos/errors will be fixed either and then the book would be highly recommended.

[Jul 26, 2001] Linux TCP/IP Network Administration by Scott Mann

amazonmarketplace: Appropriate for experienced, intriguing for novice, July 13, 2002

If you need to know about IP routing on UNIX system, this is the book. This book is appropriate for experienced system administrator and intriguing for the novice. The author started on glimpse of TCP/IP, then continuing to UNIX commands and detail explainations that appropriate for routing and the commands. Although the book title mentioned "LINUX", this book is also applicable to any UNIX system (including BSD, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Mac OS X). Any system administrator should not have trouble adjusting command to a more-specific UNIX system (if any).

If previous reviewer commented that this book could be useful for preparing CCIE exam, I could agree with that. But I think this book is more appropriate for preparing CCNA exam since the book's content is not "too advanced" (not sophisticated enough).

If you are not preparing for the exam, you still could learning a lot. From this book at least you could get ideas of how major protocols (like RIP, OSPF, and BGP) getting around on a network without having a vendor router (such as Cisco router) installed. You could also learn about NAT and firewalls.

If you think this book is "too easy", you might try the followings. For the ARP packets, have W. Richard Steven's "TCP/IP Illustrated Vol. 1: The Protocols". Need more info on firewalls? Try "Building Internet Firewalls" by Elizabeth Zwicky, "Linux Firewalls" by Robert Ziegler, and "Intrusion Signatures and Analysis" by Mark Cooper.

Feel not enough background? Get "Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol. 1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture" by Douglas Comer for the TCP/IP part. For the system administration part, have "UNIX System Administration Handbook" by Evi Nemeth. In between? Try "TCP/IP Network Administration" by Craig Hunt.

[Mar 15, 2000] Internet Core Protocols The Definitive Guide by Eric A. Hall

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

3 of 5 stars Good Explanations, Sad examples, August 18, 2000
Reviewer: Jeremy from Syracuse, NY United States
The code examples and editing mistakes almost force you to have a secondary book just to validate what the author is doing. 3 stars were given for the completenes and solid explanation of concepts. I should've just picked up the out of print version of Richard Stevens "UNIX Network Programming", classic.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5 of 5 stars Finally!, May 29, 2000
Reviewer: modular33 (see more about me)
Ah, Warren Gay is the man. I was very pleased with his Sams' Linux Programming book and decided to pick up this book hoping it would be just as straight forward and clear as the Sams' book. He delivered again. I've gone through many socket tutorials on the web and always felt like something was lacking. I still had many questions, but this book cleared them up. You can use this knowledge immediately to write your own apps. Though, I wish there was more on ioctl(), but maybe that goes too far beyond basic socket programming. Oh, Warren Gay is a supporter/programmer for GNU/Open Source. That's a big plus!

5 of 5 stars Real examples, not just code listings, May 21, 2000
Reviewer: Eduardo Aguiar de Oliveira (see more about me) from Rio de Janeiro
A must-have book! I seldom see a book so well focused on its aims. It is like it screams: "hey guy, use it do not use that!" or "connect works this way, not that way, take a look!". Every example is quite illustrative and, as if it was not enough, the comments are always helpful.

Everyone which wants to develop serious TCP/IP programming must get it. And it can also be read by UNIX programmers as well.

[Mar 15, 2000] Internet Core Protocols the Definitive Guide by Eric A. Hall, Vinton G. Cerf

Paperback - 449 pages 1st edition (March 15, 2000)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1565925726 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.04 x 9.19 x 7.03 Sales Rank: 2,254
Avg. Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 9

An excellent book for the basic protocols., August 21, 2000
Reviewer: Uri Raz (see more about me) from Haifa, Israel
This book, subtitled "An Owner's Manual for the Internet", does a very good work of explaining the core protocols - IP, ICMP, IGMP & multicasting, UDP, and TCP.

Higher level protocols will, apparently, be covered in a future volume. Considering this volume quality, which follows O'Reilly's tradition of high standards, I cant wait for the second volume to come out.

The readable & detailed explanations are accompanied by sample packet decodes (a lite version of the decoding is available on the accompanying CD), make the book an excellent study book for both students and network administrators.

Food for a TCP/IP junkie; looking forward to your next book!, June 14, 2000
Reviewer: Richard Bejtlich (see more about me) from Texas, USA
I can't learn enough about how TCP/IP packets appear at the hex and bit level. Call me crazy. That's what my job in network intrusion detection ication Protocols," as this is where some of the attack action occurs these days. Anyway, this book is in my top ten essential security reading list. Thank you Eric!

[Jan 15, 2000] Effective TCP-IP Programming 44 Tips to Improve Your Network Programs by Jon C. Snader

Paperback - 299 pages 1st edition (January 15, 2000)
Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201615894 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.81 x 9.21 x 7.35 Sales Rank: 26,716
Avg. Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number of Reviews: 6

The NAT Handbook Implementing and Managing Network Address Translation by Bill Dutcher

Paperback - 322 pages 1st edition (January 15, 2001)
John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471390895 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 9.12 x 7.44 Sales Rank: 76,586
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Avg. Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

[Oct 1, 1999] Second Edition Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols (Addison Wesley Professional Computing Series) by Radia Perlman

This is a classic book. Highly recommended on advanced level.

Amazon Price: $59.95

Hardcover - 560 pages 2 edition (October 1999)
Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201634481 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.28 x 9.55 x 7.65 Sales Rank: 5,993
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Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 10

5 out of 5 stars A highly technical but easy to read book on networking January 6, 2000

Reviewer: Andrew S. Tanenbaum from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

If you are looking for a highly readable, but technical book on computer networking, this one is great. It contains some material on hardware, but it is mostly about algorithms and protocols. The author is one of the world's most respected authorities on the subject, having invented some of the key protocols and algorithms herself. Unlike many experts, however, she is able to explain the material in a straightforward way, making it accessible to anyone with a good technical background and an interest in the subject. The final chapter, on protocol design folklore, is unmatched anywhere. It gives tremendous insight into how to design a protocol and what can go wrong if you are not careful. This chapter is well worth the price of the book alone and "must" reading for anyone actually planning to design a protocol.
4 out of 5 stars Make sure you're ready for this book... then hang on! May 29, 2000

Reviewer: Richard Bejtlich (see more about me) from Texas, USA

I work in the intrusion detection field, and I approached this book as a definitive and highly-respected guide to internetworking. "Interconnections" contained more than I bargained for. If you're looking for a reference work that extends well beyond IP, and collects information for comparison and posterity's sake, this tome is for you. If you're looking for more of an introductory to intermediate text, with more of an IP focus, either look elsewhere or scour this book for what you need. I did find it highly refreshing to read the words of a true master of the networking profession, and her candid evaluations of protocols, committee decisions, and failures of common sense. I was especially pleased to absorb the clarity of her opinions on layer 2 vs layer 3 switching, and all the vendor/committee mislabelling that follows! (Is it a bridge, router, etc.?) Enjoy!

[Aug 1, 1999] Linux Network Servers 24*Seven by Craig Hunt

Craig Hunt also authored a popular O'Reilly book TCP/IP Network Administration)

Paperback - 627 pages (August 1999)
Sybex; ISBN: 0782125069 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.72 x 8.99 x 7.58 Sales Rank: 5,573
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 16

5 out of 5 stars Yes! I've found it January 26, 2000

Reviewer: Thierry A de Villeneuve (see more about me) from San Diego

Yes, this time I've found *the* good book on Linux. I'm a sysadmin. I know how to get the most of a Linux box. But I was always seeking for *the* book that will bring it all under my eyes. Check this: sendmail's rulesets explained in clear language. Conversion from BIND 4 to 8. Apache admin tricks. Netstat -a explained in clear. Configuring a POP/IMAP server. Lilo in detail. It'll help everybody: the newbie and the close-to-know-it-all. And it's not one of these fake RH6.1 updated books where only the cover tells about RH6.1 and the content never talks about what's to be known. Great concise book.

[Jul 1, 1999] TCP-IP Clearly Explained, Third Edition by Peter Loshin

*** Not that "clearly explained" ;-). Decent general reference with a lot of diagrams. Not that great as introduction or the first book on the subject. This book has good links to RFCs.

Paperback - 450 pages 3rd edition (July 1999)
Ap Professional; ISBN: 0124558267 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.36 x 9.31 x 7.43 Sales Rank: 57,520
Avg. Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 17

5 out of 5 stars Decent introduction to TCP/IP February 26, 2000

Reviewer: A reader from Watertown MA

If you've got a degree in computer science, you probably won't like this book too much: it's written mostly for intelligent and knowledgeable people who just happen to need to understand how IP networks work. All the protocols are explained, from the bottom layers (like ARP and RARP) up to the application layer (HTTP and FTP). IP, TCP, and UDP are also explained pretty well. If you could only have one book about IP networking, this would be a pretty good one to have.
4 out of 5 stars A little stuffy, but a great reference January 27, 2000

Reviewer: Scott Pollock from Las Vegas, Nv

This is not the book for the novice to go from nothing to a complete understanding of TCP/IP, but it is a great reference. It doesn't flow very well, and it is a little technical in its approach. It does however give a good explanation of the protocols within the TCP/IP suite. It is an excellent desk reference, but don't delete your link to RFC-editor for RFCs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

[Jul 15, 1998] Teach Yourself TCP-IP Network Administration by Brian Komar, Brian Komer

Paperback - 606 pages 1st edition (July 15, 1998)
Sams; ISBN: 0672312506 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.44 x 9.13 x 7.39 Sales Rank: 55,436

Average Customer Rating: 5.0 out of 5 starsBased on 8 reviews.


**** The Networking CD Bookshelf (Version 2.0)

Contains seven useful books of varying quality (Please note that Practical UNIX & Internet Security, and sendmail books are absent in version 2.0 of this CD bookshelf)

by O'Reilly & Associates Inc.

Contains seven useful books of varying quality (Please note that Practical UNIX & Internet Security, and sendmail books are absent in version 2.0 of this CD bookshelf)

TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition
DNS & Bind, 4th Edition
Building Internet Firewalls, 2nd Edition
SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide

Network Troubleshooting Tools
Managing NFS & NIS, 2nd Edition
Essential SNMP

As a bonus, you also get the new paperback version of TCP/IP Network Administration, 3rd Edition.

The Networking Cd Bookshelf ( Version1.0) 6 Bestselling Books on Cd-Rom by Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu

Not that much updated in comparison with 1996 edition. The package includes a CD-ROM with the complete text and graphics of these books, formatted in HTML, readable with any web browser, and fully searchable and cross-referenced:

/ Software / Published 1999
Amazon Price: $71.96 ~ You Save: $7.99 (10%)

Not that much updated in comparison with 1996 edition. The package includes a CD-ROM with the complete text and graphics of these books, formatted in HTML, readable with any web browser, and fully searchable and cross-referenced:

As a bonus, a hardcopy version of DNS and BIND, 3rd Edition is also included.

TCP/IP : Network Administration, Second Edition by Hunt, Craig

***+ Pretty decent, but not that great and should not be used as an introductory book. It's more like a reference book. e-text is available on O'Reilly Networking CD

Hunt, Craig
Amazon Price: $30.36
Paperback - 630 pages 2nd edition (January 1998)
O'Reilly & Associates; ISBN: 1565923227 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.20 x 9.16 x 7.03 Sales Rank: 2,911
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 15

Preface ..... xi Chapter 1 - Overview of TCP/IP ..... 1 Chapter 2 - Delivering the Data ..... 23 Chapter 3 - Network Services ..... 48 Chapter 4 - Getting Started ..... 80 Chapter 5 - Basic Configuration ..... 105 Chapter 6 - Configuring the Interface ..... 123 Chapter 7 - Configuring Routing ..... 164 Chapter 8 - Configuring DNS Name Service ..... 202 Chapter 9 - Configuring Network Servers ..... 226 Chapter 10 - sendmail ..... 271 Chapter 11 - troubleshooting TCP/IP ..... 319 Chapter 12 - Network Security ..... 362 Chapter 13 - Internet Information Resources ..... 405 Appendix A - PPP Tools Appendix B - A gated Reference Appendix C - A named Reference Appendix D - A dhcpd Reference Appendix E - A sendmail Reference Appendix F - Selected TCP/IP Headers

Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 14 Days by Tim Parker, Timothy Parker

/ Paperback, 512 Pages / Published by SAMS August 16, 1996 / ISBN: 0672308851

***+ Outdated but still useful Less patronizing than "Dummies..", and not as matter-of-fact as "Internetworking..", this book provides more or less solid fundamental material for developing understanding of TCP/IP. Tim Parker is a gifted writer.

The book provides useful tests at the end of each chapter. While no one should expect to be an expert at TCP/IP in 2 weeks, one can probably get a good understanding of basics of this protocol. The biggest advantage is that the book is available in electronic form. See also TCP/IP Unleashed. -- electronic text is available from

TCPIP Architecture -- ERCB review


There are two major types of introductory books: TCP networking oriented and TCP/IP administration oriented (often Unix oriented). Here I cover mostly TCP/IP Protocol oriented books. For introductory Networking Admininstation Book see Network Administration

Using TCP-IP by John Ray

**** This is a good inexpensive book

Paperback - 797 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (January 5, 1999)
MacMillan Publishing Company; ISBN: 0789718979 ; Sales Rank: 179,718
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 2

5 out of 5 stars The way Introduction books should be... November 18, 1999

Reviewer: Rajjaj ([email protected]) from Indianapolis, Indiana

Mr. John Ray excelled in the making of this book. Simple approach, always comes back to the 'Real World' with examples and hinters. I highly recommend this book to anyone entering the field of Internet Protocols.

[Oct. 25, 1999] Ip Fundamentals : What Everyone Needs to Know About Addressing & Routing by Thomas A. Maufer

**** This is a very interesting approach -- instead of TCP/IP only IP part is covered...

Paperback - 492 pages (May 1999)
Amazon Price: $39.99 ~ You Save: $10.00 (20%)
Average Customer Review: *****

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5 out of 5 stars Excellent Explanation Of VLSMs
Reviewer: A reader from Richmond, Virginia October 24, 1999
This is a tremendous book for IP newbies and more experienced users alike. I bought the book primarily because I had not been able to find a comprehensive and understandable explanation of VLSMs. The chapter in this book dealing with that subject itself is worth the purchase price. Clearly explained with text, examples, and exercises, this book took a complicated subject and made it quite easy to understand. The rest of the book is just as good. My compliments to the author for an excellent job.

Best IP Fundamental book I ever read
Reviewer: geoffrey khoo ([email protected]) from Singapore October 7, 1999
The title speaks what it means by IP Fundamental. Good for all who want to take MCSE, MCP, CNE, CNA, CCSE and CCSA. It will help u to build a very strong ground of understanding an important Protocol. Practice the example of every chapter, it will test your understanding of that subject before you move to another one. Good luck.

Good practical (and comprehensive) reference and guide.
Reviewer: A reader from Washington DC July 13, 1999
This book is a fine reference for network professionals. Probably more IP than anyone person needs in one place, with good references and excellent examples. The style is clear and readable. It's very useful to see the nuts & bolts of how OSPF & RIPx work together. If you need one IP book, this would be a good bet.

TCP/IP Unleashed (Unleashed) Tim Parker

***+ This book covers the basics of TCP/IP as well as many related internet services, how they interact, and how to set them up on different operating system. I keep taking this of the shelf again and again more than a year after I bought it. A must have reference guide for anyone doing a little more TCP/IP than what comes on the ISP's setup disk.

Paperback / (3rd Edition)
Amazon Price: $41.99

5 out of 5 stars Great overview, February 21, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from Toronto, Ont

Non-technical look at TCP/IP that is great. I had a Windows and Linux network running in less thgan a day and I even know what's going on. Removed a lot of the technobable I see in other TCP/IP books. This book deserves a second edition.

5 out of 5 stars My one stop shop for anything on TCP/IP, January 15, 1999
Reviewer: A reader from New Jersey, USA

This book covers the basics of TCP/IP as well as many related internet services, how they interact, and how to set them up on different operating system. I keep taking this of the shelf again and again more than a year after I bought it. A must have reference guide for anyone doing a little more TCP/IP than what comes on the ISP's setup disk.

TCP-IP JumpStart by Andrew G. Blank

***+ Decent and very inexpensive introduction.

Amazon Price: $15.99
Paperback - 272 pages 1st edition (February 2000)
Sybex; ISBN: 0782126448 ; Sales Rank: 48,240
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 3

TCP/IP Blueprints

Robin Burk, et al / Paperback / Published 1997
Amazon Price: $27.99 ~ You Save: $12.00 (30%)

Robin Burk also authored Unix Unleashed, Unix Unleashed - Internet Edition (Unleashed),

Unix Unleashed - Internet Edition (Unleashed)

Inside Tcp/Ip : A Comprehensive Introduction to Protocols and Concepts by Karanjit Siyan

**** This late 1997 book seems provide good coverage of TCP/IP including name services (DNS and BIND). Highly recommended by all readers(5 stars).

Paperback, 700 pages /New Riders Publishing 3d edution. Published November, 1997

Table of Contents

Introduction Pt. I. TCP/IP Layering Model and Physical Infrastructure 1. Introduction to TCP/IP 2. TCP/IP Protocol Layering Concepts 3. Network Support for TCP/IP

Pt. II. TCP/IP Internetworking Infrastructure 4. IP Addressing 5. Address Resolution Protocols 6. The Internet Protocol 7. IP Routing Concepts 8. The ICMP Protocol 9. IP Subnetting and Supernetting 10. IP Routing Protocols 11. Transfer Protocols

Pt. III. TCP/IP Application Services 12. Automatic Configuration 13. Application Services 14. TCP/IP Network Management Pt. IV. Future Directions 15. IP Next Generation and ATM

Tcp/Ip Administration by Zacker, Craig

Idg Books Worldwide; 01/1998; Softcover; $39.95 (20% off list); 600 pages;

Preface                                            ix
Part I Origins 3
Chapter 1 Building a Network Standard 3
Chapter 2 TCP/IP Communications 17
Chapter 3 TCP/IP and Operating Systems 53
Part II Protocols 95
Chapter 4 The Link Layer 95
Chapter 5 The Internet Layer 139
Chapter 6 The Transport Layer 177
Chapter 7 The Application Layer 213
Part III Servers 249
Chapter 8 Windows NT and IntranetWare 249
Chapter 9 Routing IP 289
Chapter 10 DHCP and IP Address Management 327
Chapter 11 Name Registration and Resolution 361
Part IV Clients 413
Chapter 12 Microsoft TCP/IP Clients 413
Chapter 13 IntranetWare TCP/IP Clients 453
Part V Tools 481
Chapter 14 TCP/IP Utilities 481
Chapter 15 TCP/IP Applications 519
Chapter 16 Protocol Analysis 559
Appendix About the CD-ROM 601
Index 607

Exam Cram Tcp/Ip by Ed Tittel

Paperback / Published 1998

Hands-On Tcp/Ip ( Series on Computer Communications) by Paul Simoneau

**** Based on the leading international hands-on TCP/IP course (rated as ``excellent'' by almost 10,000 attendees).

Paperback, 452 pages / Published by McGraw-Hill in 1997 / contains CD-ROM

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Tcp/Ip Complete by Ed Taylor

this is an extremely bad book

Paperback 607 pages/ Published by McGraw-Hill Companies; 03/1998;

Junk. The title promises a lot and the previous book in the "Complete" series (Complete Perl) was a really good book. Here it's not the case. Instead of complete coverage you get a complete disaster -- a lot of pages to cover very little and I found most explanations confusing. A lot of small errors. No routing coverage -- an interesting understanding of the word "complete".

CD is a joke -- it contains some disorganized materials from the author hard drives and was created in an hour or so -- it contains assorted connection of RFCs some named using numbers (e.g. RFC9999 and some renamed e.g. DHCP.txt) without any search engine...

I am amazed that McGraw Hill editorial staff showed such a disrespect for customers including such a CD.

BTW Ed Taylor managed to publish a dozen of books on the subject...

Here is a review the author other books The Network Architecture Design Handbook : Data, Voice, Multimedia, Intranet, and Hybrid Networks (Taylor Networking Series):

Author is trivial, condescending, and even flippant. I have text books from a BS-CIS, two AAS, and 1/2 of a Masters. I have read a lot of books. I'm not perfect, and I do realize it can be hard to write a book: but that is no excuse for this book. (This is the only book I will say that I totally HATE).

The author is arrogant, condescending, and even flippant towards the reader. How stupid do you think we are Eddie? (answer: stupid enough to spend money on this trash). The book is padded with a big list of RFC's and a Glossary that consume more than 1/3 of back of the book. A trivial and shallow introduction and basics consume more than 1/3 of the first part..leaving about 100 useful pages that were shallow and painful to read. Design? The only design was a way to get a book on the market to get some money!!!

I paid $90.00 for this piece of garbage. I'll *never* buy another book by Ed Taylor (The Taylor series of Trash Titles).

I use to think highly of McGraw-Hill.... after this book, even the Enquirer delivers more relevant data. Although in a gesture of fairness, I would say I'm half way through a book on SONNET, also by MGH, which is a very good book. So not all of their titles are bad.

(all in all, be careful about which technical titles you buy. Not all MGH titles, IMHO, are worth your $$$). PS: Mr. Ed Taylor: Go f*** yourself, do it today. You are an a**h** pretending to be an author, pal

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Demystifying Tcp/Ip by Paul L., Dr. Schlieve

No routing covered...

/ Paperback / Published 1997 / ISBN: 1556225393

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Illustrated Tcp/Ip by Matthew G. Naugle

, Matt Naugle / Paperback / Published 1998

Part One Introduction to the TCP/IP Protocol
Part Two The Protocol Suite of TCP/IP
Part Three Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
Part Four Beyond the IP Layer
Part Five IP Multicast


TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1 : The Protocols (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series) Vol 1 -- W. Richard Stevens; Hardcover

Hardcover - 576 pages Vol 1 (January 1994)
Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201633469 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.83 x 9.59 x 7.68 Sales Rank: 1,304
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Avg. Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 23

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3 out of 5 stars Not exhaustive April 17, 2000

Reviewer: Partho Bhowmick (see more about me) from Thousand oaks, CA

Not a very exhaustive treatment of the protocols, esp. TCP. Leaves a lot of gaps like not explaining the SND, RCV & SEG variables & how they are used for error checking. You will find the RFCs alot more exhaustive & they come free of cost.
5 out of 5 stars Great explanation March 19, 2000

Reviewer: Chui Ong (see more about me) from Illinois, US

This book provides simple and in-depth explanation of the TCP/IP protocols. Handshaking algorithm, TCP timeout retransmission and a whole lot of other TCP stuff. It allows you to see clearly how everything works! Use this book with Unix Networking Programming by the same author and everything begins to make sense!

TCP-IP Illustrated, Volume 2 The Implementation (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing)

by Gary R. Wright (Contributor), Wright Gary R., W. Richard Stevens

Amazon Price: $65.95

Hardcover Vol 2 (January 1995)
Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 020163354X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.97 x 9.59 x 7.73 Sales Rank: 4,038
Popular in: Mountain View, CA (#19)
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 4

5 out of 5 stars TCP/IP De-Mystified and Revealed January 5, 2000

Reviewer: Nirav Raval from Canada

I was always fascinated by the way computers were connected over the networks and communicated. Being a software programmer, I was looking for a book which could explain how the internet protocols work. TCP/IP Illustrated gave me an excellent and in-depth details of how TCP/IP is implemented with a unique line by line explanation of source code and clear diagrams. The book is an absolute must on every network programmer's book shelf and for anyone like me interested in getting closer look at the way TCP/IP functions.
5 out of 5 stars The best hard-core TCP/IP book out there. Period. November 19, 1999

Reviewer: Carl Schmokel (see more about me) from Dallas, TX

This book requires a strong knowledge of TCP/IP in order to get the most from it. Once you have that, I recommend that you read this book in order to get a firm understanding of how TCP/IP actually WORKS. Be advised, though...this text is a borderline reference book. Stevens (as you probably know) has a dry writing style, so be sure to fill up on your favorite caffinated drink before digging in ;)
5 out of 5 stars Impressive August 25, 1999

Reviewer: [email protected] from Canada

If you want to know the internal mechanisms used to build an IP stack, and how the mechanisms are implemented, this is the book to refer to. The level of detail is very impressive. Although Vol.1 can be read as a text book, Vol.2 is really a reference book with a large quantity of code. It is very easy to read and well indexed (very important for a book of this nature). Simply put, it's one of the best TCP/IP implementation books I've encountered yet.
2 out of 5 stars It might be great if you are a programmer... August 3, 1998

Reviewer: A reader from Cleveland, OH

I'm a network engineer and I'll tell you what, the examples in the book are pretty horrible. They spent exactly a half a page on subnetting, which for anyone who knows subnetting, they should have dedicated a seperate chapter to.

The book is way too academic and not enough true to life material.

If you are looking to find out what every single bit is doing at any given time, then this is the book for you. If you're looking to use this book to set-up your WAN, don't bother.

4 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but dated, plus code wouldn't compile July 22, 1998

Reviewer: A reader from hamilton nj

The covereage is comprehensive and in great detail, the organization of the material flows in a logical manner. Stevens needs to put out a new edition soon to reflect recent enhancements to the protocols (notably IPv6 and upgrades to TCP like larger window sizes (RFC 1323) which are quickly glossed over in this edtion). Also, it's kind of aggravating that none of the code would compile on my system even though Stevens supposedly tested it in my environment. And even if I could have compiled the code, I would still need superuser priveleges to run traceroute and the other programs - it would be nice to provide utilities that an average user could run. If you can get past these nits, this book really is an excellent reference on TCP/IP and applications. Another excellent book which I recommend highly is "Networking UNIX" by Douba for a more top level approach to this material.

Internetworking With Tcp/Ip : Principles, Protocols, and Architecture Vol 1 by Douglas Comer

Hardcover - 750 pages 4th edition Vol 1 (April 15, 2000)
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0130183806 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.64 x 9.59 x 7.29 Sales Rank: 8,936
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Internetworking With Tcp/Ip : Design, Implementation, and Internals Vol 2 ~ Ships in 2-3 days

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Douglas E. Comer, David L. Stevens (Contributor) / Hardcover / September 11, 2000


Dhcp : A Guide to Dynamic Tcp/Ip Network Configuration (Prentice Hall Series in Computer Networking and Distributed Systems)

Berry Kercheval / Hardcover / Published 1999


CCIE Professional Development: Routing Tcp/Ip Vol 1

Jeff Doyle / Hardcover / Published 1998
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IP Routing Primer by Robert Wright

**** This is Cisco's IP Routing Primer that discusses the generic behavior of IP routing and packet forwarding using Cisco routers. It goes into detailed analysis of several real-life scenarios to provide insight into the fundamentals of IP that everybody supporting IP in a network should know.
By providing examples taken directly from Cisco routers, this book enables the reader to associate theoretical behaviors discussed in many internetworking books with their real-life counterparts. The reader should find it much easier to understand statements such as "Split horizon refers to the concept of not advertising routes over the interface they were learned from �" when it is accompanied by actual screen output from a Cisco router as it sends a routing table update to an adjacent router.
By providing examples of IP routing behaviors taken directly from Cisco routers, this book avoids theoretical explanations that can vary from one networking engineer to another. Ask any 10 network engineers what a poison reverse update is, and you will likely receive 10 different answers.


Cisco Press,1998

ISBN: 1-57870-108-2

Pages: 352

Amazon price: $34.00

Here is the author note on the book, posted on Amazon ( August 28, 1998)
Why I wrote this book and what I hope it can do for you
I wrote this book to help people who want to learn how IP behaves in a router-based network but don't have a local expert to learn from.
Many of the people who have become experts in IP Internetworking since the beginning of the Internet had the advantage of learning from their peers and from the broader Internet community. They also benefited from the fact that they developed their understanding and knowledge during the evolution of the technologies that make the Internet what it is today.

Anybody attempting to enter the world of IP internetworking support today has a daunting task ahead of them. The technologies already in place are extremely complex and the changes just keep on coming. And the one thing that everybody needs to understand - how IP actually behaves in a router-based network - is often miss understood or not understood at all. For example; ask any three people what "IP Routing Convergence" really means and you are very likely to get three very different answers. This book attempts to get beyond theoretical discussions of IP convergence by actually showing what happens when a network loses a transmission link and must converge on a new topology. It also avoids expressing opinions on what "should" happen during IP convergence by showing in detail what actually happens. IP convergence is only one of the topics that are presented in this real world manner. How routers make decisions on where to forward IP packets and many other concepts are included as well.

This book was not written with the intent of teaching Cisco router configuration techniques or how to design networks with Cisco routers. Nor is it intended to be an in depth guide to the TCP/IP protocol suite or to specific routing protocols like IGRP, EIGRP, BGP or OSPF. Good Book: Covers Basics That Are Glossed Over by Others, January 7, 1999

Reviewer: Kevin Scott Harris (Bellevue, WA USA) - See all my reviews
This is a an excellent book. Contrary to its title, I do not think this book is for raw beginners. Nor does this book help for the CCNA. But its loaded with supposedly "basic" topics that you must know and that other books just gloss over, like: route summarization, default routes (in detail), VLSM, IP Unnumbered, Discontiguous Networks, etc. All of the above subjects are covered in the context of how routing is affected.
Some good info but not well organized, June 28, 2005
Reviewer: J. Macfarlane "computer nut" (Idaho) - See all my reviews
There is some good info in this book but the principle criticism with is a major lack of organization of the material. It is almost as though the topics were written on little pieces of paper, thrown into a hat, and then drawn one at a time and associated to chapter 2, chapter 3, etc. For example, a discussion of binary numbers and network addressing, a preliminary topic, is left until chapter 8.

"VLSMs" and "IP unnumbered" are combined into one chapter. Although both topics can be thought to solve a similar problem, not much of a case is made for that.

There are actually no chapters specific to routing protocols, the heart of routing. Instead, an assumption seems to be made that the reader is already familiar with routing protocols, in spite of the first chapter assuming the reader knows nothing about routing.

Cisco Routers for IP Routing Little Black Book by Innokenty Rudenko

**** Actually the book is not little it's almost 500 pages long ;-). This is a very decent book. It is also priced much more reasonably that books from Cisco.

Paperback / Published 1999
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Paperback - 474 pages (May 1999)
The Coriolis Group; ISBN: 1576104214 Sales Rank: 4,473
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Number of Reviews: 5

5 out of 5 stars Dont miss this book! December 2, 1999

Reviewer: mreza (see more about me) from Lahore, Pakistan

Ok. So you've got all the Cisco Press Books. And you think what good is one little black book going to make. This is one of the most practical books on Cisco so far. The other one written from a practical approach was a title by McGraw-Hill.

This book is a winner. The author literally packs so much information in so few pages! unbelievable.

This book covers almost everything : Bridging, Routing protocols, Frame-Relay, Redistribution etc.

Highly Recommended. You wont be sorry. Invaluable for the CCIE Lab. Get this book plus Bruce Caslow's.

4 out of 5 stars Good book with examples of command output November 2, 1999

Reviewer: router guy from Monterey, CA

This book is an EXCELLENT buy. For the price you can't beat it. I love the way it show you examples of commands, with the output. That is invaluable. It also show examples of entire config. files.

The only thing I wish it had were examples of the actual prompts before each command. Each example has the same default prompt, so it is difficult to see what mode the command was typed in.

All in all, though, the book is a must buy for anyone who works with routers, or is studying for Cisco certification.

**** Practical Cisco Routers by Joe Habraken

Paperback - (September 1999) 379 pages
The book is an excellent introduction--not only to Cisco, but also to networking itself.

5 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book, June 3, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from USA
This was an outstanding book with the little knowledge I had already on Cisco routers. This books brought me up to speed in a hurt in a fun easy to read type book. I loved it. And I look forward to reading more of the Practical Series of books from QUE.

5 out of 5 stars This is an excellent introduction to cisco router book!, May 8, 2000
Reviewer: Aminur Rizal Afip (see more about me) from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
I do agree that this is the best introduction book for Cisco beginners. It gives you from all the basic things you need to know about networking concepts and then explain the features of the routers and how to configure it.

I would recommend this books to my friends. Well the price itself is affordable :)

5 out of 5 stars Great book for Beginners !, April 14, 2000
Reviewer: Ramesh Khanna (see more about me) from Chennai, India
One of the best intros to Cicso Routers and Networking in general. Networking topics are NOT explained in detail, but it is sufficient to get the feet wet for beginners. The chapter on TCP/IP is very good and exhaustive though not elaborated. As far as Cisco Routers are concerned, it give a handsholding type of introduction. One of the best books that I've read. Supplement this book by Cisco TCP/IP by Chris Lewis, TCP/IP Routing by Jeff Doyle, ICRC by Laura Chappell (There are other books of the same name, ICRC, by not so good authors) and ACRC. Also Cicso, A beginners Guide by Tom and Toby is recommended.

5 out of 5 stars This is THE best intro book on Cisco routers, December 20, 1999
Reviewer: Robert T Wahl from Browns Mills, NJ, USA
Out of all the books I've bought to study for my CCNA, this book is the best. The writing style and presentation are enjoyable, not dry or overwhelming. The examples and screenshots are worthwhile and informative. Almost every page has a "blue box" sidebar that is worth reading, giving good information, not just trivial tidbits. One of the best things about this book is the attention given to entering router commands, especially what prompt/mode you need to be in. Almost every command example is given within the context of "at this prompt" or "in this mode". It's a stress-saver. Other books just say "do this". I would highly recommend this book for everyone who wants to learn about Cisco routers or is studying for their CCNA.

***+ CISCO A Beginner's Guide by Tom Shaughnessy, Toby J. Velte (Contributor)

Our Price: $31.99

Paperback - 590 pages 1st edition (October 14, 1999)
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Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 22

***+ Cisco Tcp/Ip Routing Professional Reference (Cisco Technical Expert)

Chris Lewis / Paperback / Published 1998

Advanced Ip Routing With Cisco Networks (Cisco Technical Expert)

Terry Slattery, Bill Burton / Paperback / Published 1998

*** Cisco and Ip Addressing (Cisco Technical Expert) by Louis D. Rossi, Louis R. Rossi, Thomas Rossi

Paperback - 391 pages (May 5, 1999)
McGraw Hill Text; ISBN: 0071349251 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.07 x 9.18 x 7.32 Sales Rank: 157,973
Avg. Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 6

*** Cisco Certification Bridges, Routers and Switches for CCIEs by Andrew Bruce Caslow, Valeriy Pavlichenko (Editor)

Our Price: $48.99
Hardcover - 840 pages 1 edition (December 14, 1998)
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Avg. Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 42

2 out of 5 stars something helpful but don't expect too much.., March 2, 2000
Reviewer: James from New York, USA
I have read this book since last Oct. At that time, there were not too much CCIE books you could choose and I was kind of new to this area.

Last month I passed the CCIE Written Test and now is head on lab exam preparation with sold foundation about internetworking system.

As I looked back to this book and the reviews on this site, I felt that this book really provides something helpful in the way for troubleshooting methodoligy and frame relay. But for CCIE lab or Written Test, it might not be helpful too much.

You have to look for more resource to prepare yourself. Everyone with diierent backgound may have different view about this book. I'm sure that once you find something different from couple months ago about this book, you really learned a lot of things !

Cisco CCIE Fundamentals: Network Design & Case Studies

Inc Cisco Systems / Hardcover

Routing in the Internet

Christian Huitema / Hardcover / Published 1995
Amazon Price: $53.00

Designing Tcp/Ip Internetworks

Geoff Bennett / Hardcover / Published 1997


***** Internet Routing Architectures

Bassam Halabi / Hardcover / Published 1997
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BGP4: Inter-Domain Routing in the Internet (The Networking Basics Series)

John W. Stewart / Paperback / Published 1998
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OSPF Network Design Solutions

Thomas M., II Thomas / Hardcover / Published 1998

OSPF: Anatomy of an Internet Routing Protocol

John T. Moy / Hardcover / Published 1998

Cisco Router OSPF : Design and Implementation Guide (Cisco Technical Expert)

William R. Parkhurst / Paperback / Published 1998


The Essential Guide to Tcp/Ip Commands Martin R. Arick

/ Paperback / Published 1996

CISCO A Beginner's Guide by Tom Shaughnessy, Toby J. Velte

Paperback - 590 pages 1st edition (October 14, 1999)
Osborne McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0072121157 ; Sales Rank: 409
Avg. Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 22

5 out of 5 stars This book was the, April 18, 2000
Reviewer: Jamie Brown from South Dakota, US
This was a very helpful book that was very well written. I would highly recommend it to any Network Admin or anybody just wanting to learn more. It didn't only focus on CISCO products, but on the generic products used. It not only explained routers, switches, etc. it explained Network Managment, and other useful tools. This book also gave good troublshooting tips and also came with Network Blueprints. I was very impressed and will look for more books by this publisher.

5 out of 5 stars A great Cisco reference book!, June 12, 2000
Reviewer: Kevin Long (see more about me) from Colorado Springs
I passed the CCNA today, partially due to this book (although the test study guides were more useful for that purpose). I'm new to IT, coming from a completely unrelated field. This book isn't the best introduction to networking and Cisco I found (I'd recommend Myhre's CCNA Certification book for that), but I know this will be my most useful reference book as I begin my IT career. It's full of information and laid out in an accessible format. I was truly a beginner when I picked up this book, and when I finished it I had a good grasp of routers, switches, IOS, and the OSI model. I'm sure this is a great book to get if you're familiar with networking but new to Cisco. If you're really green (as I was) and in pursuit of your CCNA, you'd do well to try Myhre's book first.

5 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" book for both the beginner and professional., January 21, 2000
Reviewer: THOMAS M. OSTROWSKI; MPC+I, MCSE (see more about me) from Tampa, Florida
For the beginner this book fills in all the holes left out by the many different study guides and training materials available for the CCNA exam. Terms and definitions are very abundant and are located right along side of the terminology being discussed. Tom Shaughnessy assumes that the reader knows nothing about Cisco products and takes you from A - Z on routers, switches, hubs, and much more. After reading this book the study book I used was more of a review guide. Also a great book for review of networking essentials. For the professional this is a great book to have in your reference library. This book is not a study guide. It contains no practice exams, questions or exercises. When it's time to get back to the basics, this is the book to have!

5 out of 5 stars A well-written, thorough book., July 27, 2000
Reviewer: Jerry Patterson (see more about me) from Laurel Springs, NJ USA
This book is a great resource for covering the basics of all aspects of WANs. As a Network Engineer getting into WANs, it filled in all of the holes. A fantastic reference for people who realize there is more to working with computers than certification study guides.

CCNA certification

CCNA Certification Routing Basics for Cisco Certified Network Associates by Robert N. Myhre, Robert Myrhe

Hardcover - 500 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (December 15, 1999)
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0130861855 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.65 x 9.50 x 7.36 Sales Rank: 6,841
Avg. Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 13

5 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING STUDY GUIDE!!!, February 5, 2000
Reviewer: Robert Shaffer Jr. MCSE, CCNA from USA

I bought Robert Myhre's CCNA Certification book and a Cisco 2501 Router on February 1, 2000. Prior to that date I had no working knowledge of Cisco routers and very little knowledge of networking in general. Today, February 5, 2000 I passed the Cisco CCNA test with an 804. The only study guide I used was this book and a router. This book covers every CCNA exam objective. It has excellent labs with practice questions at the end of each chapter. The author has done an exceptional job.

CCNA Virtual Lab e-trainer by Todd Lammle, William Tedder, Bill Tedder

CD-ROM Bk&CD-ROM 1st edition (March 2000)
Sybex; ISBN: 0782127282 ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.92 x 9.32 x 7.84 Sales Rank: 2,809
Avg. Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 40

5 out of 5 stars If you don't have access to a router, this is for you!, June 12, 2000
Reviewer: Kevin Long (see more about me) from Colorado Springs
I'm new to the IT world, and I've still never laid hands on a router, so I had to do a great deal of reading to pass the CCNA exam. Using the e-trainer supplemented my reading and familiarized me with IOS commands in a manner that just reading about them didn't. I really like the Network Visualizer feature. I passed the CCNA today, and one of my highest scores was on the IOS portion - that is due mainly to the e-trainer. After reading several books, I recommend this path to folks with limited experience who are pursuing the CCNA*: (1.) Myhre's book (CCNA Certification: Routing Basics...); (2a.) Lammle's study guide; (2b.) the e-trainer router simulator; (3.) Lammle's CCNA Exam Notes

* Note that this is in reference to CCNA1: 640-407. This test will be retired at the end of July 2000, so the new CCNA (640-507) may change this.

The e-trainer isn't perfect as I ran into some commands that weren't accepted, etc., but it does the job. I can comfortably give the e-trainer 5 stars. It's been invaluable to me as a person who doesn't have access to any network equipment.

2 out of 5 stars Good for an introduction, but nothing more!, May 25, 2000
Reviewer: Bradley Chapple (see more about me) from Loveland, Colorado
I fully agree with William Smittle from Oklahoma after reading his review of this product. This product is good for someone who wants an introduction to the world of Cisco routing, yet cannot afford to pay $800 each for second-hand routers. I only have one compaint, but it's a major one:

They could have easily added more commands to the this product. I was trying to follow the course of Todd Lammle's book: CCNA Study Guide, and half the commands do NOT work. Simple little things, like trying to trace the path taken to another host using "TRACE" comes back with INVALID INPUT! Not to mention many other basic commands, which also produce the same result.

Todd Lammle was co-creator of this piece of software. So I can only wonder if he intentionally left out much of the funtionality from the Sybex version only to make his $300 ROUTERSIM program look better! Hmmmmmm...

Exam Cram Routing and Switching Flash Cards by Robert Gradante

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CCNA Routing and Switching Exam Prep by Mark A. Poplar, Jason Waters, Shawn D. McNutt, David Stabenaw,

Hardcover - 716 pages Bk&Cd Rom edition (May 19, 2000)
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Avg. Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 11

5 out of 5 stars Best book to Buy!!!, July 9, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from Dayton Ohio
I finally passed thanks to this one. I had bought the Sybex book which was OK but I failed, then I got the simulator which was a real waste of money. I finally got this one because I used the Exam Cram to pass the Network+. This book is great and it had a lot more info than the others and I really felt confident by the time I was finished. The test was still tough but I passed with the information I finally got in this book. The CD is great too, study all the questions and answers and you should pass too. Many thanks for a book well done!!

5 out of 5 stars My step up from the MCSE, July 2, 2000
Reviewer: Allen Simmons from Tucson, AZ
I thought after finishing my MCSE last year I knew all about computer networks. This book sure opened my eyes. It's a smooth path from that curriculum to the Cisco networking world. It starts with the OSI model and moves into network structure then has a real good chapter on the different Cisco products: switches, routers, modular devices, DSL, ATM etc. Then it explains the Cisco IOS, how to program the router copy and transfer images, NVRAM, Flash etc. This was all well explained so I could move on with confidence. Next came the protocols, IP, IPX and routing protocols which I never knew existed, but learned well. The book finishes with lots of coverage on WANs particularly Frame Relay which was heavily covered on the exam. Then came access lists which were well explained and also covered on the exam. Simply put, this book had all the coverage for the exam and only having unrelated A+ and Microsoft training I was able to pass the CCNA on the first try. Word of warning though, don't take it lightly, study hard, the test is hard but the material is all in here. The CD is great to determine if your ready too.


Ipv6 Clearly Explained (Clearly Explained) by Peter Loshin

Paperback - 352 pages (January 1999)
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Implementing IPV6 Supporting the Next Generation Internet Protocols by P. E. Miller, Mark A. Miller

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Internetworking Ipv6 With Cisco Routers (Computer Communications) by Silvano Gai / Paperback / Published 1998

Ipv6 : The New Internet Protocol

Christian Huitema / Paperback / Published 1997

Implementing Ipv6 (Network Troubleshooting Library)

Mark A. Miller / Paperback / Published 1998

Microsoft IP stack

Mastering Tcp/Ip for NT Server

Mark Minasi, et al / Paperback / Published 1997

MCSE : TCP/IP for NT Server 4 Study Guide

Todd Lammle, et al / Hardcover / Published 1997

MCSE : TCP/IP Study Guide

Todd Lammle, et al / Hardcover / Published 1997

Voice over IP

Delivering Voice over Ip Networks

Daniel Minoli, Emma Minoli / Hardcover / Published 1998

Amazon price: $49.99


**** Cisco Router Configuration & Troubleshooting (The Landmark Series)

by Mark Tripod.

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Textbook Binding - 271 pages (January 1999)
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Avg. Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 6

5 out of 5 stars Great examples. Well worth the price! April 22, 1999
Reviewer: [email protected] from Las Vegas, NV

With the price of Cisco books, it's amazing I was able to find one this complete for less than $30!

I am a CCNA who is still fairly new to Cisco products, but not routing. I now work with Cisco products every day and I also have a home lab for the CCNP/CCIE - so this book is worth it's weight in GOLD to me.

The thing that impressed me the most is that it goes beyond simple Cisco 800/1600/2500 series router configuration examples and uses many of the high end router IOS commands - so no matter what you are configuring, whether it's a 2501 or a 7000; ISDN, FDDI, Ehternet, or Token Ring; SNMP,TFTP; RIP, BGP, or OSPF; or any of the other major Cisco "must know" items then you need this book.

As a CCNP/CCIE candidate AND a Network Administrator I really have an appreciation for the "Case Study" in the book. It *really* shows you what to expect in the real world environment of WANs. BTW, it makes a great CCIE Lab Scenario too!

Overall, I feel my money was very well spent. It has already paid for itself. It will be on my desk for a long, long time.

**+ Troubleshooting TCP/IP

by Mark A. Miller. Paperback (July 1999)

Amazon Price:$39.99

Paperback - 785 pages Third Edition edition (July 1999)
IDG Books Worldwide; ISBN: 0764570129 ; Dimensions (in inches): 2.01 x 8.96 x 6.98 Sales Rank: 148,274
Avg. Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 2

In reality this book is about protocol traces. Half of first 500 pages is rehash of general concepts. Appendixes that consume almost 200 pages (from p .519) are completely useless. CD contain RFC and is not organized well. No other methods of troubleshooting are discussed. I do not see any significant changes since the second edition.

For example the author approach to troubleshooting internet connection in Ch.4 is not realistic and too complex. Book is poorly organized.

3 out of 5 starscould be much better January 4, 1999
The author may be an expert but he's not a good writer. There's too much talk and too many "facts" you have to memorize. When it finally comes to interpreting sample network analysis reports, it's not nearly detailed enough. I thought the opposite before I bought the book. Secondly, as common to all books published by a cheap publisher, there're too many errors. Third, the CD contains RFQs, which you can get from the Internet. No programs. I wish I could get the sniffer program he used in the book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

5 out of 5 stars practical knowledge on reading packet traces November 14, 1998
Reviewer: A reader from San Jose, CA Everyone seems to have lots of great reference books on network design and protocol specifications.

If you actually have to fix a network problem (or even harder, explain to a vendor that they need to fix a problem), your best bet is to show them a packet trace and say "there is the problem, and it's your fault!"

The only way to do this is to learn to read packet traces. Theory is not always useful in practice.

This book complements all any network library, and is a easy read for reasonably experienced network professionals. The structure of the book is simple. Each chapter provides a brief review of a concept, then several example problems. Each problem comes with a problem description, a packet trace, and a solution.

The ability to define a problem in this way is both cool and great for the resume.

TCP/IP Analysis and Troubleshooting

by Laura A Chappell. Spiral-bound

Amazon Price:$59.95

Spiral-bound - 160 pages (January 10, 2000); ISBN: 1893939014 Sales Rank: 87,668
Avg. Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 1

Troubleshooting Windows 2000 Tcp/Ip

by Syngress Media, et al. Paperback (April 2000)

Amazon Price:$39.96

Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting Tcp/Ip
by Silvia Hagen, Stephanie Lewis. Paperback (September 1999)

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Groupthink : Two Party System as Polyarchy : Corruption of Regulators : Bureaucracies : Understanding Micromanagers and Control Freaks : Toxic Managers :   Harvard Mafia : Diplomatic Communication : Surviving a Bad Performance Review : Insufficient Retirement Funds as Immanent Problem of Neoliberal Regime : PseudoScience : Who Rules America : Neoliberalism  : The Iron Law of Oligarchy : Libertarian Philosophy


War and Peace : Skeptical Finance : John Kenneth Galbraith :Talleyrand : Oscar Wilde : Otto Von Bismarck : Keynes : George Carlin : Skeptics : Propaganda  : SE quotes : Language Design and Programming Quotes : Random IT-related quotesSomerset Maugham : Marcus Aurelius : Kurt Vonnegut : Eric Hoffer : Winston Churchill : Napoleon Bonaparte : Ambrose BierceBernard Shaw : Mark Twain Quotes


Vol 25, No.12 (December, 2013) Rational Fools vs. Efficient Crooks The efficient markets hypothesis : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2013 : Unemployment Bulletin, 2010 :  Vol 23, No.10 (October, 2011) An observation about corporate security departments : Slightly Skeptical Euromaydan Chronicles, June 2014 : Greenspan legacy bulletin, 2008 : Vol 25, No.10 (October, 2013) Cryptolocker Trojan (Win32/Crilock.A) : Vol 25, No.08 (August, 2013) Cloud providers as intelligence collection hubs : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2010 : Inequality Bulletin, 2009 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2008 : Copyleft Problems Bulletin, 2004 : Financial Humor Bulletin, 2011 : Energy Bulletin, 2010 : Malware Protection Bulletin, 2010 : Vol 26, No.1 (January, 2013) Object-Oriented Cult : Political Skeptic Bulletin, 2011 : Vol 23, No.11 (November, 2011) Softpanorama classification of sysadmin horror stories : Vol 25, No.05 (May, 2013) Corporate bullshit as a communication method  : Vol 25, No.06 (June, 2013) A Note on the Relationship of Brooks Law and Conway Law


Fifty glorious years (1950-2000): the triumph of the US computer engineering : Donald Knuth : TAoCP and its Influence of Computer Science : Richard Stallman : Linus Torvalds  : Larry Wall  : John K. Ousterhout : CTSS : Multix OS Unix History : Unix shell history : VI editor : History of pipes concept : Solaris : MS DOSProgramming Languages History : PL/1 : Simula 67 : C : History of GCC developmentScripting Languages : Perl history   : OS History : Mail : DNS : SSH : CPU Instruction Sets : SPARC systems 1987-2006 : Norton Commander : Norton Utilities : Norton Ghost : Frontpage history : Malware Defense History : GNU Screen : OSS early history

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