Data Communications and Computer Networks: A Business User's Approach, 8th Edition

  • Curt White DePaul University
  • ISBN-10: 1305116631  |  ISBN-13: 9781305116634
  • 456 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • © 2016 | Published
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Providing essential information for business managers, computer programmers, system designers, as well as home computer users, DATABASE COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS, 8e provides a thorough introduction that includes coverage of the language of computer networks as well as the effects of data communications on business and society. Balancing technical concepts with everyday issues, it equips you with a solid understanding of the basic features, operations, and limitations of different types of computer networks. It offers full coverage of wireless technologies, industry convergence, compression techniques, network security, LAN technologies, VoIP, and error detection and correction. The Eighth Edition also offers up-to-the-minute coverage of near field communications, updated USB interface, lightning interface, and IEEE 802.11 ac and ad wireless standards, firewall updates, router security problems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, zero-client workstations, and Internet domain names.

Features and Benefits

  • Packed with examples and thorough explanations, DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS: A BUSINESS USER'S APPROACH, 8e equips readers with an in-depth understanding of the more technical concepts as well as the everyday practical aspects of real-world practice.
  • "Details" sections separate highly technical material from the rest of the chapter narrative and provide thorough explanations to ensure student understanding.
  • "In Action" examples vividly demonstrate the chapters' key topics in practice in a realistic work environment.
  • "Thinking Outside the Box" exercises at the end of each chapter challenge students to explore ideas beyond those explicitly outlined in the chapter--sharpening their critical thinking skills.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications.
2. Fundamentals of Data and Signals.
3. Conducted and Wireless Media.
4. Making Connections.
5. Making Connections Efficient: Multiplexing and Compression.
6. Errors, Error Detection, and Error Control.
7. Local Area Networks: Part 1.
8. Local Area Networks: Part 2.
9. Introduction to Metropolitan Area Networks and Wide Area Networks.
10. The Internet.
11. Voice and Data Delivery Networks.
12. Network Security.
13. Network Design and Management.

What's New

  • Offering the most current coverage available in this fast-changing environment, DATA COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS: A BUSINESS USER'S APPROACH, 8e covers the latest practices, issues, and technologies relating to computer networks, data communication, computer language, and the effects of all of these on today's society.
  • Thoroughly revised and updated Chapter 1: Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications reflects the most recent trends and developments from the field.
  • The Eighth Edition provides new coverage of near field communications, updated USB interface, lightning interface, and IEEE 802.11 ac and ad wireless standards.
  • Expanded coverage of emerging security issues includes firewall updates and new information on router security problems.
  • The Eighth Edition also includes new discussions of the Internet of Things, more on cloud computing including hybrid clouds, expanded coverage of zero-client workstations, and new Internet domain names.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Curt White

Curt M. White is an associate professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University, where he has been since 1988. Currently in his 37th year of teaching, he previously taught at Wayne State University, Illinois State University, Purdue University–Fort Wayne, and Dominican University. Dr. White has published more than 30 articles on computer science and computer science education, two chapters in books, and two college textbooks. In 1997, he chaired the ACM SIGCSE's national conference on computer science education and more recently served as president of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. He completed a bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. in computer science from Wayne State University.