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Book Review

By Dale Farris, Secretary
Golden Triangle PC Club
November 2005

General Overview

From Charles M. Kozierok, the creator of the highly regarded www.pcguide.com, comes The TCP/IP Guide. This completely up-to-date, encyclopedic reference on the TCP/IP protocol suite will appeal to newcomers and the seasoned professional alike. Kozierok details the core protocols that make TCP/IP internetworks function and the most important classic TCP/IP applications, integrating IPv6 coverage throughout.

Over 350 illustrations and hundreds of tables help to explain the finer points of this complex topic. The book’s personal, user-friendly writing style lets readers of all levels understand the dozens of protocols and technologies that run the Internet, with full coverage of PPP, ARP, IP, IPv6, IP NAT, IPSec, Mobile IP, ICMP, RIP, BGP, TCP, UDP, DNS, DHCP, SNMP, FTP, SMTP, NNTP, HTTP, Telnet, and much more.

The TCP/IP Guide is a must-have addition to the libraries of internetworking students, educators, networking professionals, and those working toward certification.

Table of Contents

This massive work is organized in 80 chapters that are divided into three main sections, including TCP/IP Overview and Background Information, TCP/IP Lower-Layer Core Protocols, and TCP/IP Application Layer Protocols.

Target Readers

The author's overall goal in writing this book was to create a resource that would allow anyone to obtain a deep understanding of how TCP/IP technologies really work. He wanted the work to be comprehensive, comprehensible, and rational, while including hundreds of illustrations and be user-friendly, well-organized, platform independent, and contain multiple levels of detail. He succeeds with all his lofty goals in this major work that now stands as the definitive tome on TCP/IP technology.

This work is primarily a reference resource on the TCP/IP protocol suite, and most of the emphasis is on the present state of the art in TCP/IP (as of November 2005). He also includes several detailed chapters on IPv6, the latest version of the Internet Protocol, and he also mentions how it impacts the operation of several other key protocols, such as the ICMP, DNS, and DHCP. Also, he limits the work to the most important, "classic" TCP/IP applications and application protocols, such as e-mail, general file transfer, and the WWW. The book does include a fairly detailed section on the operation of the IP Security protocol, and also touches on security issues in describing several other protocols and technologies. In addition, he shows how TCP/IP is used to connect together typical small computers.

The author also provides an online version of the work at www.tcpipguide.com.

Book Contents

1,616 pages; acknowledgments; about the author; figures; tables; introduction; index


Charles M. Kozierok

About the Author

Charles M. Kozierok is the author and publisher of The PC Guide, an extensive online reference work on personal computers, as well as several other educational websites, including The TCP/IP Guide. He holds master’s degrees from MIT in management and in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), and worked in various technical and managerial roles before dedicating himself full-time to writing and educational pursuits. He lives in rural Vermont with his wife and three sons.


October 2005

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