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

Curt White

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  • ISBN-10: 1305729900
  • ISBN-13: 9781305729902
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  • ISBN-10: 1305116631
  • ISBN-13: 9781305116634
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Cover the basic features, operations, and limitations of today’s computer networks with DATABASE COMMUNICATIONS AND COMPUTER NETWORKS, 8TH EDITION. Ideal for future business managers, system designers, programmers and users, this introduction to computer networks and data communications emphasizes the language of computer networks and effects of data communications. Students examine wireless technologies, industry convergence, compression techniques, network security, VoIP, and error detection and correction. New coverage includes near field communications, 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.

Curt White, DePaul University

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.
  • 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.

Data Communications and Computer Networks: A Business User's Approach


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.

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