Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 23, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Unfortunately, I have to disagree with all the above written customer reviews.The book is the typically product of a cut and paste job trying to fill the 300 + pages.For example, I don't really understand why K.M. (in chapter 3)has to start his 'introduction to networks' with the ancient greeks, where he weaves in all this unexplained vocabulary, such as header, circuit switched, etc.Then, he simply gives a very sloppy overview of any concept remotely connected to network technology. The description of the OSI model is simply false.His attempt to describe the ATM concept (in chapter 4) is confusing. I doubt if anybody, who does not know ATM could make sense out of this. The chapter itself is called 'The networking protocol war' and he tries to sell the reader a showdown between IP vs. ATM. However, he forgets that IP is a protocol and ATM is a switching technology.Above, all he tells the history of the internet (from A-Z) twice. (In Chapter 2 and 3) Most of the information given simply has historic character and is in no way beneficial to understand residential broadband.Here are further highlights:"... the original allocation segmented the address space into three classes- large networks, medium networks and small networks- which precludes sequential address assignment. Thus, we are running out of IP addresses. ..." p.86 So why are we running out of addresses, when there is something like NAT (Network Address Translation)Or this: "Two special cases of network nodes neither route nor switch. ..." p.73This are just some of the annoying points.
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