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A Professional's Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World

A Professional's Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World by Bryan Carne
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This hands-on resource provides you with a comprehensive picture of the Internet protocol stack and the role of TCP/IP in data communication. It serves as a detailed guide to the protocols, networks, codes, signals, and equipment that make it possible to communicate using TCP/IP. You find complete bit-level descriptions of the functions performed by the headers and frames of the TCP/IP suite, making it easy for you to analyze individual data packets. The book offers you a through understanding of advanced LAN and WAN technologies, and gives you an integrated view of bridging, routing and tagging operations.

Moreover, this unique reference describes local loop technologies that bridge the last mile, particularly the limitations of twisted pairs, the use of optical fibers and radio, and the potential of pervasive voice over IP. The book describes how layer 2 and layer 3 switches relate to bridges and routers, and includes an in-depth discussion on ensuring privacy with virtual LAN. Supported with over 90 illustrations, this practical volume is a one-stop reference to a wide range of topics that are critical to your work in the field.

Contents:

A TCP/IP World -- The Internet. Some Application Layer Protocols. User Datagram Protocol. Transmission Control Protocol. Creating a Connection. Internet Protocol. Network Interface Layer. TCP/IP Protocol Stack.

Data Communication -- Communications Equipment. Making a Data Call. Open Systems Interconnection Model. Internet Model.

Local Area Networks - Ethernet. IEEE 802.5 Token-Ring LAN. Fiber Distributed Data Interface. Bit Ordering.

Wide Area Networks - Point-to-Point Links. Non-Broadcast Multiple Access Links. Quality of Service.

Connecting Networks Together - More than One Network. Bridging. Routing. Tagging.

Protecting Enterprise Catenets - Operating Environment. Combating Loss of Privacy. Virtual Private Networks.

Transmission Facilities - Twisted Pairs. Transport Based on Twisted Pairs. Optical Fibers. Transport Based on Optical Fibers.

The Last Mile - Local Loop. Radio. Voice over IP. Final Word.

Suggestions for Further Reading. Appendixes. List of Acronyms. Glossary.

E. Bryan Carne has extensive professional experience working for GTE Laboratories, where he directed the telecommunications programs In addition, he worked in key positions for contractors associated with military communications and intelligence collection programs. More recently, Dr. Carne served as a visiting professor of electrical engineering at Northeastern University and a visiting professor of telecommunications and information systems at Christian Brothers University. He is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE and earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of London.

Artech House; August 2004
274 pages; ISBN 9781580539104
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Title: A Professional's Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World
Author: Bryan Carne