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Computer Networks [RENTAL EDITION], 6th Edition


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Keep current with the most up-to-date technologies

  • NEW - Coverage of modern cellular architectures includes 4G and 5G networks to reflect the most current technology.
  • NEW - Ethernet and wireless networks material, specifically 40- and 100-gigabit Ethernet, 802.11.ac, 802.11ad, and 802.11ax, have been added.
  • NEW - Emerging technology discussions cover topicssuch as virtualization and SDN.
  • UPDATED - Audio and video streaming technology discussions include MPEG-DASH.

Learn computer networks from the inside out

  • The text’s unique structure and organization present learning from the base, physical layer of networks, including cable networks and satellites, to the data link layer, to the network and transportation layer, and finally to the application layer. Students will understand all aspects of networking and how the different layers affect one another.
  • UPDATED - Additional readings suggested to expand students’ understanding.

Understand current issues in the computer networking world

  • UPDATED -  Chapter 8, focusing on security, is completely overhauled to focus more effectively on network security and security incidents in practice, including security principles, fundamental attack techniques, defenses, and a wide range of systems-related security issues. 
  • UPDATED - Policy is now covered in several chapters.
  • UPDATED - Discussion of DOCSIS a widely used access network (Internet over cable).


  • Copyright 2021
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 944
  • Edition: 6th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-676405-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-676405-2

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For courses in Business Data Communication and Networking.

An introduction to computer networking grounded in real-world examples

In Computer Networks, Tanenbaum et al. explain how networks work from the inside out. They start with the physical layer of networking, computer hardware and transmission systems, then work their way up to network applications. Each chapter follows a consistent approach: The book presents key principles, then illustrates them utilizing real-world example networks that run through the entire book – the Internet, and wireless networks, including Wireless LANs, broadband wireless, and Bluetooth. The 6th Edition is updated throughout to reflect the most current technologies, and the chapter on network security is rewritten to focus on modern security principles and actions.

Tutorial videos on key networking topics and techniques are available to students on the companion website. 

Instructors are supported with a Solutions Manual to end-of-chapter exercises featured in the book, Lecture PowerPoint slides, and extracted art and figures featured in the book. 

Sample Content

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

    1. Uses of Computer Networks
    2. Types of Computer Networks
    3. Network Technology, from Local to Global
    4. Examples of Networks
    5. Network Protocols
    6. Reference Models
    7. Standardization
    8. Policy, Legal, and Social Issues
    9. Metric Units
    10. Outline of the Rest of the Book
    11. Summary
2. The Physical Layer
    1. Guided Transmission Media
    2. Wireless Transmission
    3. Using the Spectrum for Transmission
    4. From Waveforms to Bits
    5. The Public Switched Telephone Network
    6. Cellular Networks
    7. Cable Networks
    8. Communication Satellites
    9. Comparing Different Access Networks
    10. Policy at the Physical Layer
    11. Summary
3. The Data Link Layer
    1. Data Link Layer Design Issues
    2. Error Detection and Correction
    3. Elementary Data Link Protocols
    4. Improving Efficiency
    5. Data Link Protocols in Practice
    6. Summary
4. The Medium Access Control Sublayer
    1. The Channel Allocation Problem
    2. Multiple Access Protocols
    3. Ethernet
    4. Wireless LANs
    5. Bluetooth
    6. DOCSIS
    7. Data Link Layer Switching
    8. Summary
5. The Network Layer
    1. Network Layer Design Issues
    2. Routing Algorithms in a Single Network
    3. Traffic Management at the Network Layer
    4. Quality of Service and Application QoE
    5. Internetworking
    6. Software Defined Networking
    7. The Network Layer in the Internet
    8. Policy at the Network layer
    9. Summary
6. The Transport Layer
    1. The Transport Service
    2. Elements of Transport Protocols
    3. Congestion Control
    4. The Internet Transport Protocols: UDP
    5. The Internet Transport Protocols: TCP, QUIC, BBR
    6. Performance Monitoring
    7. Delay-Tolerant Networking
    8. Summary
7. The Application Layer
    1. DNS — The Domain Name System
    2. Electronic Mail
    3. The World Wide Web
    4. HTTP/2
    5. Streaming Audio and Video
    6. Content Delivery Networks and Distributed Cloud Services
    7. Summary
8. Security
    1. Fundamentals of Network Security
    2. The Core Ingredients of an Attack
    3. Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems
    4. Cryptography
    5. Symmetric-Key Algorithms
    6. Public-Key Algorithms
    7. Digital Signatures
    8. Management of Public Keys
    9. Authentication Protocols
    10. Communication Security
    11. Email Security
    12. Web Security
    13. Social Issues
    14. Summary
9. List and Bibliography
    1. Suggestions for Further Reading
    2. Alphabetical Bibliography


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