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REVIEW: "A Professional's Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World", E. Bryan Carne

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    BKPGDCTW.RVW 20041210 A Professional s Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World , E. Bryan Carne, 2004, 1-58053-909-2 %A E. Bryan Carne %C 685
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      "A Professional's Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World", E.
      Bryan Carne, 2004, 1-58053-909-2
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      %T "A Professional's Guide to Data Communication in a TCP/IP World"

      The preface states that this book is intended to present a picture of
      the TCP/IP stack, and a guide to the protocols of the suite. The
      typical reader would be familiar with telecommunications terms and
      concepts, although not with TCP/IP itself. Instead, what we seem to
      have is a grab bag of random communications protocols and information,
      with occasional mentions of, but hardly a concentration on, TCP/IP.

      Chapter one provides a quick trip through the major protocols and
      structures for the Internet. Basic data communications, the OSI (Open
      Systems Interconnection) model, and TCP/IP stack based thereon, are
      reviewed in chapter two. Ethernet, token ring, and FDDI (Fibre
      Distributed Data Interface) protocols for local area networks (LANs)
      are discussed in chapter three. Chapter four lists various WAN (Wide
      Area Network) protocols, mostly older ones, and irrelevant to TCP/IP.
      Chapter five covers interconnection protocols. The protection of
      networks, in chapter six, provides some very odd misinformation, such
      as describing firewalls (of every type) as proxies, defining tunnels
      as requiring encryption, and using "firewall" as a term to describe
      multifunction firewall appliances. Transmission media and factors are
      examined in chapter seven. Chapter eight, entitled "Convergence of
      Voice and Data," talks about using phone circuits for "last mile" data
      connection to the home or small office, and voice over IP.

      The book is very difficult to describe. The lack of structure in the
      material is neither helpful to the novice nor quick to reference for
      the professional. The topics are disjointed, and seemingly collected
      at random. It is hard to say for whom the work would or might be
      useful.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2004 BKPGDCTW.RVW 20041210


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