TCP/IP Clearly Explained

TCP/IP Clearly Explained

4th Edition - December 19, 2002

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  • Author: Pete Loshin
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080518459

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With over 30,000 copies sold in previous editions, this fourth edition of TCP/IP Clearly Explained stands out more than ever. You still get a practical, thorough exploration of TCP/IP networking, presented in plain language, that will benefit newcomers and veterans alike. The coverage has been updated, however, to reflect new and continuing technological changes, including the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), the Blocks architecture for application protocols, and the Transport Layer Security Protocol (TLS). The improvements go far beyond the updated material: they also include an all-new approach that examines the TCP/IP protocol stack from the top down, beginning with the applications you may already understand and only then moving deeper to the protocols that make these applications possible. You also get a helpful overview of the "life" of an Internet packet, covering all its movements from inception to final disposition. If you're looking for nothing more than information on the protocols comprising TCP/IP networking, there are plenty of books to choose from. If you want to understand TCP/IP networking - why the protocols do what they do, how they allow applications to be extended, and how changes in the environment necessitate changes to the protocols—there's only the one you hold in your hands.

Key Features

  • Explains clearly and holistically, but without oversimplification—the core protocols that make the global Internet possible
  • Fully updated to cover emerging technologies that are critical to the present and future of the Internet
  • Takes a top-down approach that begins with the familiar application layer, then proceeds to the protocols underlying it, devoting attention to each layer's specifics
  • Divided into organized, easy-to-follow sections on the concepts and fundamentals of networking, Internet applications, transport protocols, the Internet layer and infrastructure, and practical internetworking


Networking professionals and students

Table of Contents

  • I Concepts and Fundamentals of Networking
    1. Introduction: What is This Book About?
    2. A Language of Networking
    3. Network Addresses, Network Names
    4. Applying Networking Concepts
    5. Network Models and Internetworking Concepts
    6. Internet Protocol Overview

    II Internet Applications
    7. Meet Joe's Packets
    8. The Domain Name System (DNS)
    9. Internet Mail
    10. Telnet
    11. Internet File Transfer
    12. The Web
    13. Third-Generation Application Protocols
    14. Thinking about Internet Application Protocols

    III Transport Protocols
    15. The Transport Layer
    16. User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
    17. Transmission Control Protocol
    18. Transport Layer Protocols of the Future

    IV Internet Layer and Below
    19. The Internet Protocol (IP)
    20. Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)
    21. The Data Link Layer
    22. IP Routing
    23. Exterior Routing
    24. IP Multicast

    V Internet Infrastructure
    25. Quality of Service (QoS)
    26. The IP Security Protocol (IPsec)
    27. Next Generation IP: IPv6

    VI Practical Internetworking
    28. The Evolution of FTP
    29. Planning IP Networks
    30. Internet Security
    31. Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

    VII Appendices
    A. Internet and Protocol Organizations
    B. Selected Protocol Summaries

Product details

  • No. of pages: 709
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2002
  • Published: December 19, 2002
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080518459

About the Author

Pete Loshin

Pete Loshin writes and consults about Internet protocols and open source network technologies. Formerly on staff at BYTE Magazine, Information Security Magazine and other publications, his work appears regularly in leading trade publications and websites including CPU, Computerworld, PC Magazine, EarthWeb,, and CNN.

Pete Loshin, Independent Consultant

Affiliations and Expertise, Arlington, MA, USA

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  • Mo H. Sat Sep 04 2021

    seems alright so far

    a gentle introduction to networking. definitely not for those who just want a reference. lot of descriptions but details lacking. but then again, haven't finished the book