Internet Core Protocols: The Definitive Guide
Help for Network Administrators
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2000
Pages: 466

If you've ever been responsible for a network, you know that sinkingfeeling: your pager has gone off at 2 a.m., the network is broken, and you can't figure out why by using a dial-in connection from home. You drive into the office, dig out your protocol analyzer, and spend the next fourhours trying to put things back together before the staff shows up for work.When this happens, you often find yourself looking at the low-level guts of the Internet protocols: you're deciphering individual packets, trying to figure out what is (or isn't) happening. Until now, the only real guide to the protocols has been the Internet RFCs--and they're hardlywhat you want to be reading late at night when your network is down. There hasn't been a good book on the fundamentals of IP networking aimed at network administrators--until now.Internet Core Protocols: The Definitive Guide contains all the information you need for low-level network debugging. It provides thorough coverage of the fundamental protocols in the TCP/IP suite: IP, TCP, UDP, ICMP, ARP (in its many variations), and IGMP. (The companion volume, Internet Application Protocols: The Definitive Guide,provides detailed information about the commonly used application protocols, including HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3, and many others). It includes many packet captures, showing you what to look for and how to interpret all the fields. It has been brought up to date with the latest developments in real-world IP networking.The CD-ROM included with the book contains Shomiti's "Surveyor Lite," a packet analyzer that runs on Win32 systems, plus the original RFCs, should you need them for reference. Together, this package includes everything you need to troubleshoot your network--except coffee.

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My favorite networking book

By Erik Scrafford

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This book is not going to teach you how to program network software, and it's not going to teach you how to administer network servers. It goes into horrid detail on all the bits flying around on the network. And it does so incredibly well. This is my favorite book on tcp/ip, and I've been recommending it to people that want a better understand of networking for years now. Anyone who wants to effectively use a packet sniffer should read this. I've read my copy cover to cover twice now, and still use it as a reference.

 
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Comments about oreilly Internet Core Protocols: The Definitive Guide:

As an engineer who is new to networking and needed to get a foundation for his new job, I found this book really useful and even more interesting than I had expected.

It does a good job because it covers a sensible selection of protocols at a detailed level, starting with the basics.

I definitely recommend it to anyone is new to networking and wants to get a solid overview.

Most of the errata that the book contains are minor.

My only wish is that the author used more graphics, e. g., when explaining the headers of certain protocols as IP or TCP.

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Internet Core Protocols: The Definitive Guide Review

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Useful book, covers a lot of good information. Would be nice if the next version were to be expanded to cover IPv6.

 
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By Todd Hawley

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Detailed description of basic Internet protocols

As a free-lance technical writer interested in learning the basics of TCP/IP networking, I chose this as the first book to read on the subject. The author suggested reading Chs. 1, 2, and 7 before the other ones to gain an understanding of TCP and IP before moving on to the other protocols discussed in the book.

Chapter 1 contains a brief "history of the Internet" and also an overview of TCP/IP. Chapter 2 describes IP, from how it works, to the information contained in each IP header, to IP in action. Chapter 7 approaches TCP in a similar fashion. Other chapters describe the other "core protocols," what they do and how they each work with TCP/IP.

I gained a good understanding of each of these protocols from reading this book. I recommend it to any system administrator or related persons wanting to learn more about running a TCP/IP network.

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I used this book in my CCNA study to iron out some confusions I had. I now understand these protocols so well that I wish O'Reilly had similar books for the other topics I am required to study. It was money well spent and absolutely what I had come to expect from this publisher. I simply refuse to purchase technical books from other publishers if I can find it in this series first.

 
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This book is a must have for any Network Administrator. Novice and Experienced alike will both take something away from this book. Eric Hall particularly dissects the inner workings of IP and TCP in a clear and concise manner. I am putting this book right up next to my copies of Stevens and Comer.

 
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Comments about oreilly Internet Core Protocols: The Definitive Guide:

This book provides a lot of good detail information about the primary protocols used

on TCP/IP networks. The extensive use of screen captures, protocol decodes, and interoperability notes makes it an excellent source for learning and troubleshooting Internet-based networks. Every network designer and manager should have this book in their reference library.

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