Higher Education

Guide to TCP/IP, 4th Edition

  • Jeffrey L. Carrell
  • Laura Chappell
  • Ed Tittel
  • James Pyles
  • ISBN-10: 1133019862  |  ISBN-13: 9781133019862
  • 742 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2003
  • © 2013 | Published
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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.

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • Provides students with strong interactive pedagogical features that help them test their knowledge and practice what they've learned.

Table of Contents

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.

What's New

  • 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.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Resource CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 1133019870 | ISBN-13: 9781133019879)

The Instructor Resources CD includes the following materials: Electronic Instructor's Manual—The Instructor's Manual that accompanies this book includes additional material to assist in class preparation, including suggestions for classroom activities, discussion topics, and additional activities. Solutions—The instructor resources include solutions to all end-of-chapter material, including review questions and case projects. PowerPoint Presentations—This book comes with Microsoft PowerPoint slides for each chapter. They are included as a teaching aid for classroom presentation, to make available to students on the network for chapter review, or to be printed for classroom distribution. Instructors, please feel free to add your own slides for additional topics you introduce to the class. ExamView®—ExamView®, the ultimate tool for objective-based testing needs, is a powerful test generator that enables instructors to create paper, LAN, or Web-based tests from test banks designed specifically for their Cengage Course Technology text. Instructors can utilize the ultra-efficient Quick Test Wizard to create tests in less than five minutes by taking advantage of Cengage Course Technology's question banks, or customize their own exams from scratch. Figure files—All figures and tables in the book are reproduced on the Instructor Resources CD in bitmap format. Similar to the PowerPoint presentations, they are included as a teaching aid for classroom presentation, to make available to students for review, or to be printed for classroom distribution.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

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 TechTarget.com 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.