Packet Guide to Core Network Protocols
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 2011
Pages: 202

Take an in-depth tour of core Internet protocols and learn how they work together to move data packets from one network to another. With this concise book, you'll delve into the aspects of each protocol, including operation basics and security risks, and learn the function of network hardware such as switches and routers.

Ideal for beginning network engineers, each chapter in this book includes a set of review questions, as well as practical, hands-on lab exercises.

  • Understand basic network architecture, and how protocols and functions fit together
  • Learn the structure and operation of the Ethernet protocol
  • Examine TCP/IP, including the protocol fields, operations, and addressing used for networks
  • Explore the address resolution process in a typical IPv4 network
  • Become familiar with switches, access points, routers, and other network components that process packets
  • Discover how the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) provides error messages during network operations
  • Learn about the network mask (subnetting) and how it helps determine the network
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Before I start my review of this book, let me narrate a story. Recently I had a crisis at work where certain users were not able to invoke web services. Of course, we had well-tested software using agile methodology and all that. My team knew our front-end and our backend very well. What we weren't well-versed with was the connection by which our front-end communicated with the backend. We were in a war room with the networking experts for 2 days and I couldn't understand jack of what they were talking. I was clearly an "outsider" in their elite circle. Hence, I got interested in this book.

This book is divided into seven chapters starting with networking models (OSI, TCP/IP) and ending with subnetting. Most of the material is dry but the author keeps the flow going steadily by providing screen printouts of Wireshark and explaining it with his pedantic style. Questions, answers, and exercises at the end of each chapter reinforce your learning. I liked chapter 5 (Network equipment) and Chapter 7 (Subnetting) very much as it is explained well and also I can relate it to my work.

This book is certainly not for the faint of heart. It is not your grand-father's "Hello World" book. In fact, it reads like a computer science text book. The author has pain-stakingly tried to simplify it as much as he could. As Einstein said, "Keep it simple but not any simpler". A background in networking would help refresh your knowledge and this book serves exactly that. If you are an absolute beginner looking for a basic book on networking, this book is not for you. However, if it's been a few years since your last networking class, you should be able to pick things up with the help of this book.

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Learn from Execises (Network Protocol)

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Packet Guide to Core Network Protocols:

    This book instructs a basic network architecture, and shows what is OSI Model? what is protocol? what is TCP/IP? It shows the sample (photo) from Wireshark tool, that help readers understand more. When readers read each chapter finish, reader can do Review Questions and Lab Exercises also. It's good idea when you read, you do each step from Examples (helpful more).

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