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Guide to TCP/IP 4th Edition

Jeffrey L. Carrell, Laura Chappell, Ed Tittel, James Pyles

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2007, 2004, 2003
  • 742 Pages


Guide to TCP/IP, Fourth Edition introduces students to the concepts, terminology, protocols, and services that the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite uses to make the Internet work. This text stimulates hands-on skills development by not only describing TCP/IP capabilities, but also by encouraging students to interact with protocols. It provides the troubleshooting knowledge and tools that network administrators and analysts need to keep their systems running smoothly. Guide to TCP/IP, Fourth Edition covers topics ranging from traffic analysis and characterization, to error detection, security analysis and more. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are covered in detail.

Jeffrey L. Carrell,

Jeffrey L. Carrell is a network systems and security instructor, and course developer to HP Networking. In addition, Jeff is a network consultant on IPv6 systems interoperability and presents IPv6 lectures and hands-on labs at various technical conferences. His involvement in the computer industry for 32 years has culminated in the concentration of his endeavors in the internetworking portion of the industry for over 25 of those years. His designs are in thousands of networks throughout the world. Jeff has enjoyed successful career advancements with several well-known network equipment manufacturers as a pre-sales consulting engineer and technical instructor. In an end-user position he has designed mission-critical/high-availability networks.

Laura Chappell,

Laura Chappell is the principal behind the Protocol Analysis Institute and regularly teaches commercial classes on network analysis and her security toolkit, for open enrollment as well as on-site for private clients all over the world. She is also a regular speaker and keynote at Novell Brainshare, the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), and at the Wireshark Sharkfest conferences.

Ed Tittel,

Ed Tittel worked as an instructor for Austin Community College from 1997 through 2003 and taught at Interop from 1996 to 2004. He is a Network Certified Professional, and works as a full-time freelance writer and consultant in Austin, TX. He has contributed to over 130 books on computing across a broad range of subjects, and is the author of numerous titles published by Course Technology. He also writes and blogs for numerous and other Websites.

James Pyles,

Served as Developmental Editor for Global Support Content Operations at Hewlett-Packard. He is currently the technical writer and marketing contributor for Kount.
  • New primary focus on IPv6 includes: IPv6 addressing, subnetting, and automatic addressing facilities, IPv6 header architecture, MTU and packet handling, IPv6 routing, ICMPv6, NDP in IPv6, changes in TCPv6, plus upper-layer IPv6 protocols.
  • Expanded coverage of transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 networks, planning and deploying IPv6, and Mobile IPv6.
  • Hands-on protocal analysis now utilizes Wireshark.
  • Improved analysis problems, study/review questions, and updated labs to reinforce learning and retention of key material.
  • Provides students with strong interactive pedagogical features that help them test their knowledge and practice what they've learned.
  • Presents all the basic networking technology and terminology relevant to building and maintaining TCP/IP-based networks in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Demonstrates open source protocol analyzers, including the operation and message sequences for all key data-link, network, and transport layer protocols.
  • Illustrates how to use a protocol analyzer and common IP software tools to document and troubleshoot a TCP/IP network, including basic addressing and setup, connectivity and communications, name resolution, and fundamental network services.
  • Discussions of network security include explanations of key vulnerabilities and solutions to potential problems.
  • Surveys real-time, IP-based protocols and services including Voice over IP (VoIP) and Instant Messaging (IM) applications, with an overview of the protocols, services, and common message sequences involved.
1. Introducing TCP/IP.
2. IP Addressing and Related Topics.
3. Basic IP Packet Structures: Header and Payloads.
4. Data Link and Network Layer Protocols in TCP/IP.
5. Internet Control Message Protocol.
6. Neighbor Discovery in IPv6.
7. IP Address Autoconfiguration.
8. Name Resolution on IP Networks.
9. TCP/IP Transport Layer Protocols.
10. Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6; IPv4/IPv6 Interoperation.
11. Deploying IPv6.
12. Mobile IPv6.
Appendix A Important RFCs.
Appendix B Key IP Resources Online.
Appendix C Command-line IP Utilities.
Appendix D Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 (and R2) Registry Settings.
Appendix E Contents of the Online Companion.
Appendix F TCP/UDP Port Numbers.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781285501734
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