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Business Data Communications, 6th Edition


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  • Flexible organization. The ordering of topics is presented with a top-down approach, with the early part of the book dealing with applications and upper-level protocols. However, the book is designed to support a bottom-up approach as well.
  • Detailed examination of client/server computing and service oriented architecture. Provides students with information about how these vital topics for corporate data communication work, allowing them to understand their functions and the approach for organizing enterprise systems.
  • Detailed discussion of all networking technologies, including LANs and WANs. Students can compare and evaluate competing approaches and thus understand each better. Wireless networks and quality of service are especially important topics.
  • Solid coverage of the TCP/IP set of protocols. Students are given the foundation and context for understanding the protocols and standards that form the foundation for all data networking.
  • Extensive use of real-world case studies. Shows students how companies have dealt with the real issues, problems, and opportunities presented by communications and network technology.
  • Numerous questions, homework problems, and worked-out examples. Offers students a chance to apply and test their knowledge.
  • Tables and figures. Helps students clarify concepts to aid in comprehension.
  • Suggested readings, key word lists, and recommended Web Sites conclude each chapter, and encourage students to further explore topics of interest. Seven online appendices provide supplemental material for students.
  • Companion Website Access textbook-related resources and support materials for students and instructors maintained by the author.
  • Student Resource Site Access a wealth of computer science-related information including mathematics reviews, how-to documents, research resources, and career explorations maintained by the author.
  • Instructor Resource Center: This password-protected web site includes:
    • Solutions Manual: Solutions to end-of-chapter Review Questions and Problems.
    • Projects Manual: Suggested project assignments for 6 different types of assignment, written especially for this book.
      • Animation Assignments
      • Practical Exercises
      • Ethereal Projects
      • Research Projects
      • Reading/Report Assignments
      • Writing Assignments
    • PowerPoint Slides: A set of slides covering all chapters, suitable for use in lecturing.
    • PDF files: Reproductions of all figures and tables from the book


  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 6th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-606741-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-606741-2

Business Data Communications, 6/e,is ideal for use in Business Data Communications, Data Communications, and introductory Networking for Business courses.

Business Data Communications, 6/e,covers the fundamentals of data communications, networking, distributed applications, and network management and security. Stallings presents these concepts in a way that relates specifically to the business environment and the concerns of business management and staff, structuring his text around requirements, ingredients, and applications. While making liberal use of real-world case studies and charts and graphs to provide a business perspective, the book also provides the student with a solid grasp of the technical foundation of business data communications. Throughout the text, references to the interactive, online animations supply a powerful tool in understanding complex protocol mechanisms.

The Sixth Edition maintains Stallings' superlative support for either a research projects or modeling projects component in the course.  The diverse set of projects and student exercises enables the instructor to use the book as a component in a rich and varied learning experience and to tailor a course plan to meet the specific needs of the instructor and students.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 0   Introduction

      0.1    Outline of This Book

      0.2    Topic Ordering

      0.3    Internet and Web Resources

      0.4    Useful Publications

Chapter 1   Introduction

      1.1    Information and Communication

      1.2    Data Communications and Networking for Today's Enterprise

      1.3    Convergence and Unified Communications

      1.4    The Nature of Business Information Requirements

      1.5    Distributed Data Processing

      1.6    The Internet and Distributed Applications

      1.7    Networks

      1.8    The Transmission of Information

      1.9    Management Issues

      1.10  Standards

      1.11  Recommended Web Sites

      1.12  Key Terms and Review Questions

      Appendix 1A  Prefixes for Numerical Units

PART ONE  REQUIREMENTS Chapter 2   Business Information

      2.1    Audio

      2.2    Data

      2.3    Image

      2.4    Video

      2.5    Performance Measures

      Application Note:   File Sizes

      2.6    Summary

      2.7    Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      2.8    Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 3   Distributed Data Processing

      3.1    Centralized Versus Distributed Processing

      3.2    Forms of Distributed Data Processing

      3.3    Distributed Data

      3.4    Networking Implications of DDP

      Application Note:   Distributed Computing Support

      3.5    Summary

      3.6    Recommended Reading

      3.7    Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study I        MasterCard International PART TWO        THE INTERNET AND DISTRIBUTED APPLICATIONS Chapter 4   Internet History and Architecture

      4.1    Internet History

      4.2    Internet Architecture

      4.3    Internet Domains

      Application Note: Fitting DNS into your organizational structure

      4.4    Summary

      4.5    Recommended Reading

      4.6    Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 5   TCP/IP and OSI

      5.1    A Simple Protocol Architecture

      5.2    The TCP/IP Protocol Architecture

      5.3    Internetworking

      5.4    The OSI Protocol Architecture

      5.5    Virtual Private Networks and IP Security

      Application Note: Practical Guide to Networking

      5.6    Summary

      5.7    Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      5.8    Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

      Appendix 5A TCP and IP Details

      Appendix 5B The Trivial File Transfer Protocol

Case Study II       Florida Department of Management Services - Part One Chapter 6   Client/Server and Intranet Computing

      6.1       The Growth of Client/Server Computing

      6.2       Client/Server Applications

      6.3       Middleware

      6.4       Intranets

      6.5       Extranets

      6.6       Service Oriented Architecture

      Application Note:   To Be Fat or Thin — That is the Question

      6.6       Summary

      6.7       Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      6.8       Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 7 Internet-Based Applications

      7.1    Electronic Mail and SMTP

      7.2    Web Access and HTTP

      7.3    Web Security

      7.4    Internet Telephony and SIP

      Application Note:   To Serve or Not to Serve?

      7.5    Summary

      7.6    Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      7.7    Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study III     ING Life Chapter 8   Internet Operation

      8.1       Internet Addressing

      8.2       Internet Routing Protocols

      8.3       The Need for Speed and Quality of Service

      8.4       Differentiated Services

      8.5       Service Level Agreements

      8.6       IP Performance Metrics

      Application Note:  Where Does My Network Address Come From?

      8.7       Summary

      8.8       Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      8.9       Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

PART THREE    LOCAL AREA NETWORKS Chapter 9   LAN Architecture and Protocols

      9.1       Background

      9.2       LAN Configurations

      9.3       Guided Transmission Media

      9.4       LAN Protocol Architecture

      Application Note:  Cabling Infrastructure

      9.5       Summary

      9.6       Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      9.7       Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

      Appendix 9A          Decibels and Signal Strength

Chapter 10 Ethernet and Fibre Channel

      10.1     The Emergence of High-Speed LANs

      10.2     Traditional Ethernet

      10.3     Bridges, Hubs, and Switches

      10.4     High-Speed Ethernet

      Application Note: Networking with Ethernet

      10.5     Summary

      10.6     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      10.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study IV     Carlson Companies Chapter 11 Wireless LANs

      11.1     Overview

      11.2     Wi-Fi Architecture and Services

      11.3     IEEE 802.11 MAC and Physical Layer Standards

      11.4     IEEE 802.11 Security

      Application Note: Deploying Wireless LANs

      11.5     Summary

      11.6     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      11.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study V       St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital PART FOUR       WIDE AREA NETWORKS Chapter 12 Circuit Switching and Packet Switching

      12.1     Switching Techniques

      12.2     Circuit Switching Networks

      12.3     Packet Switching Networks

      12.4     Traditional Wide Area Network Alternatives

      Application Note: Switching

      12.5     Summary

      12.6     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      12.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 13 Frame Relay and ATM

      13.1     Wide Area Networking Alternatives

      13.2     Frame Relay

      13.3     Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)

      Application Note: Off-site Connectivity Solutions

      13.4     Summary

      13.5     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      13.6     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study VI     Florida Department of Management Services - Part Two Case Study VII    Guardian Life Insurance Chapter 14 Wireless WANs

      14.1     Cellular Wireless Networks

      14.2     Multiple Access

      14.3     Third-Generation Wireless Communications

      14.4     Satellite Communications

      Application Note: PDAs, Cell Phones, and Laptops

      14.5     Summary

      14.6     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      14.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study VIII   Choice Hotels International PART FIVE        DATA COMMUNICATIONS Chapter 15 Data Transmission

      15.1     Signals for Conveying Information

      15.2     Transmission Impairments and Channel Capacity

      Application Note: PDAs, Cell Phones, and Laptops

      15.3     Summary

      15.4     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      15.5     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 16 Data Communication Fundamentals

      16.1     Analog and Digital Data Communication

      16.2     Data Encoding Techniques

      16.3     Asynchronous and Synchronous Transmission

      16.4     Error Detection

      Application Note: Devices, Encoding, Communication Parameters and Protocols

      16.5     Summary

      16.6     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      16.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 17 Data Link Control and Multiplexing

      17.1     Flow Control and Error Control

      17.2     High-Level Data Link Control

      17.3     Motivation for Multiplexing

      17.4     Frequency-Division Multiplexing

      17.5     Synchronous Time-Division Multiplexing

      Application Note: Changing Communications

      17.6     Summary

      17.7     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      17.8     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study IX     Haukeland University Hospital PART SIX  MANAGEMENT ISSUES Chapter 18 Computer and Network Security Threats

      18.1     Computer Security Concepts

      18.2     Threats, Attacks, and Assets

      18.3     Intruders

      18.4     Malicious Software Overview

      18.5     Viruses, Worms, and Bots

      18.6     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      18.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 19 Computer and Network Security Techniques

      19.1     Virtual Private Networks and IPSec

      19.2     SSL and TLS

      19.3     Wi-Fi Protected Access

      19.4     Intrusion Detection

      19.5     Malware Defense

      19.6     Recommended Reading

      19.7     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Case Study X       The Hacker in All of Us Chapter 20 Network Management (ONLINE)

      20.1     Network Management Requirements

      20.2     Network Management Systems

      20.3     Technical Control

      20.4     Performance Monitoring

      20.5     Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

      20.6     Summary

      20.7     Recommended Reading and Web Sites

      20.8     Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 21 Network Planning and Design (ONLINE)

      21.1  The Project Environment – The Big Picture

      21.2  Planning

      21.3  Design Techniques

      21.4  Some Capacity Planning and Network Design Tools

      21.5  Recommended Reading

      21.6  Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

      Appendix 21A        Some Simple Design Algorithms

      Appendix 21B        Selling Books Online – A Case Study

Appendix A           Business Data Communications Projects

      A.1   Animation Projects

      A.2   Practical Exercises

      A.3   Ethereal Projects

      A.4   Research Projects

      A.5   Reading/Report Assignments

      A.6   Writing Assignments

Glossary References Index ONLINE APPENDICES William Stallings.com/BDC/BDC6e.html Appendix B          Standards Organizations

          B.1    The Importance of Standards

          B.2    Standards and Regulation

          B.3    Standards-Setting Organizations

Appendix C          Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs)

          C.1    Uniform Resource Locator

          C.2    Uniform Resource Identifier

          C.3    To Learn More

Appendix D                   The International Reference Alphabet Appendix E          The TCP/IP Checksum

          E.1       Ones-Complement Addition

          E.2       Use in TCP and IP

Appendix F          IBM's System Network Architecture (SNA)

          F.1     Network Architecture

          F.2     Advanced Program-to-Program Communication

          F.3     Protocol Architecture

Appendix G          Fibre Channel

Appendix H          Bluetooth

Appendix I           Multipath Interference and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)

Appendix J           Cryptographic Algorithms

          J.1     Symmetric Encryption

          J.2     Public-Key Cryptography

          J.3     Secure Hash Functions


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