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  • A modular format – This structure allows instructors to easily design a course to meet their individual needs. For students, it breaks this massive subject into comprehensible parts.
  • Unifying principles – The text repeatedly emphasizes such principles as multiplexing, flow control, and error control, and contrasts their application in specific areas of technology. This enables students to understand how the same protocol design principles are applied at different levels of the protocol architecture.Design Approaches – Exploring alternative approaches to meeting specific communication requirements gives students a deeper understanding of communication system and protocol design.
  • Standards – A comprehensive discussion of the current status and future direction of related technology standards helps students understand the central role of standards in network and protocol design.
  • More than 250 homework problems – Problems ranging in difficulty, with solutions provided on the Instructor's Resource Center, give students the opportunity to test their comprehension of concepts.
  • Animations: Animation provides a powerful tool for understanding the complex mechanisms of network protocols. The ninth edition incorporates a number separate animations covering such protocols as HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The text clearly indicates where the animations should be used.
  • Strong pedagogical support – The liberal use of figures and tables; glossary; list of acronyms; recommended reading list and Websites; and a bibliography provide students with convenient study tools.

IRC – This Instructor Resource Center to accompany Data and Computer Communications, 9e is a password-protected area of the Prentice Hall online catalog that enables instructors to download presentation and assessment resources quickly.

This text features:

  • Solutions Manual – Solutions to all the homework problems and review questions in the book.
  • Lecture PowerPoints – This chapter-by-chapter outline highlights the key points from each chapter using the text illustrations for an effective and visual presentation.
  • Wireshark Exercise Set – Contains a set of homework assignments for use with the text. Includes the Ethereal Exercises, and Answers for instructors.
  • Wireshark Student Quick Start Guide – Also included in the Wireshark Exercise set is a Quick Start Guide for instructors to hand out to their Students.
  • Wireshark Video Tutorial – enables the student to quickly learn how to use Wireshark.
  • Figures – A Zip file with all the figures from the text in PDF format.
  • Tables – A Zip file with all the Tables from the text in PDF format.

The author maintains a robust website with additional resources.

  • Unparalleled project support – The Instructor's Resource Center not only includes guidance on how to assign and structure projects, but also includes a set of suggested projects that covers a broad range of topics from the text, including research projects, simulation projects, analytic modeling projects, and reading/report assignments. This hands-on experience helps reinforce concepts from the text.
  • 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.


  • Copyright 2014
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 912
  • Edition: 10th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-350648-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-350648-8

Data and Computer Communications, 10e, is a two-time winner of the best Computer Science and Engineering textbook of the year award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association. It is ideal for one/two-semester courses in Computer Networks, Data Communications, and Communications Networks in CS, CIS, and Electrical Engineering departments. This book is also suitable for Product Development personnel, Programmers, Systems Engineers, Network Designers and others involved in the design of data communications and networking products.

With a focus on the most current technology and a convenient modular format, this best-selling text offers a clear and comprehensive survey of the entire data and computer communications field. Emphasizing both the fundamental principles as well as the critical role of performance in driving protocol and network design, it explores in detail all the critical technical areas in data communications, wide-area networking, local area networking, and protocol design.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Chapter 0 Guide for Readers and Instructors
0.1 Outline of the Book
0.2 A Roadmap for Readers and Instructors
0.3 Internet and Web Resources
0.4 Standards



Chapter 1 Data Communications, Data Networks, and the Internet
1.1 Data Communications and Networking for Today's Enterprise
1.2 A Communications Model
1.3 Data Communications
1.4 Networks
1.5 The Internet
1.6 An Example Configuration

Chapter 2 Protocol Architecture, TCP/IP, and Internet-Based Applications
2.1 The Need for a Protocol Architecture
2.2 A Simple Protocol Architecture
2.3 The TCP/IP Protocol Architecture
2.4 Standardization within a Protocol Architecture
2.5 Traditional Internet-Based Applications
2.6 Multimedia
2.7 Sockets Programming
2.7 Recommended Reading
2.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems
Appendix 2A The Trivial File Transfer Protocol


Chapter 3 Data Transmission
3.1 Concepts and Terminology
3.2 Analog and Digital Data Transmission
3.3 Transmission Impairments
3.4 Channel Capacity
3.5 Recommended Reading
3.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems
Appendix 3A Decibels and Signal Strength

Chapter 4 Transmission Media
4.1 Guided Transmission Media
4.2 Wireless Transmission
4.3 Wireless Propagation
4.4 Line-of-Sight Transmission
4.5 Recommended Reading
4.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 5 Signal Encoding Techniques
5.1 Digital Data, Digital Signals
5.2 Digital Data, Analog Signals
5.3 Analog Data, Digital Signals
5.4 Recommended Reading
5.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 6 Error Detection and Correction
6.1 Types of Errors
6.2 Error Detection
6.3 Parity Check
6.4 The Internet Checksum
6.5 Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC)
6.6 Forward Error Correction
6.7 Recommended Reading
6.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 7 Data Link Control Protocols
7.1 Flow Control
7.2 Error Control
7.3 High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC)
7.4 Recommended Reading
7.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems
Appendix 7A Performance Issues

Chapter 8 Multiplexing
8.1 Frequency-Division Multiplexing
8.2 Synchronous Time-Division Multiplexing
8.3 Cable Modems
8.4 Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
8.5 xDSL
8.6 Multiple Channel Access
8.7 Recommended Reading
8.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 9 WAN Technology and Protocols
9.1 Switched Communications Networks
9.2 Circuit Switching Networks
9.3 Circuit Switching Concepts
9.4 Softswitch Architecture
9.5 Packet-Switching Principles
9.6 Asynchronous Transfer Mode
9.7 Recommended Reading
9.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 10 Cellular Wireless Networks
10.1 Principles of Cellular Networks
10.2 Cellular Network Generations
10.3 LTE-Advanced
10.4 Recommended Reading
10.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 11 Local Area Network Overview
11.1 Bus and Tree Topologies
11.2 LAN Protocol Architecture
11.3 Bridges
11.4 Hubs and Switches
11.5 Virtual LANs
11.6 Recommended Reading
11.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 12 Ethernet
12.1 Traditional Ethernet
12.2 High-Speed Ethernet
12.3 IEEE 802.1Q VLAN Standard
12.4 Recommended Reading
12.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems
Appendix 12A Digital Signal Encoding for LANs
Appendix 12B Scrambling

Chapter 13 Wireless LANs
13.1 Overview
13.2 IEEE 802.11 Architecture and Services
13.3 IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control
13.4 IEEE 802.11Physical Layer
13.5 Gigabit Wi-Fi
13.6 IEEE 802.11 Security Considerations
13.7 Recommended Reading
13.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 14 The Internet Protocol
14.1 Principles of Internetworking
14.2 Internet Protocol Operation
14.3 Internet Protocol
14.4 IPv6
14.5 Virtual Private Networks and IP Security
14.6 Recommended Reading
14.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 15 Transport Protocols
15.1 Connection-Oriented Transport Protocol Mechanisms
15.2 TCP
15.3 UDP
15.4 Recommended Reading
15.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems



Chapter 16 Advanced Data Communications Topics
16.1 Analog Data, Analog Signals
16.2 Forward Error Correction Codes
16.3 ARQ Performance Issues
16.4 Recommended Reading
16.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 17 Wireless Transmission Techniques
17.1 MIMO Antennas
17.3 Spread Spectrum
17.4 Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
17.5 Code-Division Multiple Access
17.6 Recommended Reading
17.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 18 Wireless Networks
18.1 Fixed Broadband Wireless Access
18.2 WiMAX/IEEE 802.16
18.3 Bluetooth Overview
18.4 Bluetooth Radio Specification
18.5 Bluetooth Baseband Specification
18.6 Bluetooth Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol
18.7 Recommended Reading
18.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 19 Routing
19.1 Routing in Packet-Switching Networks
19.2 Examples: Routing in ARPANET
19.3 Internet Routing Protocols
19.4 Least-Cost Algorithms
19.5 Recommended Reading
19.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 20 Congestion Control
20.1 Effects of Congestion
20.2 Congestion Control
20.3 Traffic Management
20.4 Congestion Control in Packet-Switching Networks
20.5 TCP Congestion Control
20.6 Datagram Congestion Control Protocol
20.7 Recommended Reading
20.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 21 Internetwork Operation
21.1 Multicasting
21.2 Software Defined Networks
21.3 OpenFlow
21.4 Mobile IP
21.5 Recommended Reading
21.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 22 Internetwork Quality of Service
22.1 QoS Architectural Framework
22.2 Integrated Services Architecture
22.3 Resource Reservation Protocol
22.4 Differentiated Services
22.5 Service Level Agreements
22.6 IP Performance Metrics
22.7 Recommended Reading
22.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 23 Multiprotocol Label Switching
23.1 The Role of MPLS
23.2 Background
23.3 MPLS Operation
23.4 Labels
23.5 FECs, LSPs, and Labels
23.6 Label Distribution
23.7 Traffic Engineering
23.8 Virtual Private Networks
23.9 Recommended Reading
23.10 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems


Chapter 24 Electronic Mail, DNS, and HTTP
24.1 Electronic Mail: SMTP and MIME
24.2 Internet Directory Service: DNS
24.3 Web Access: HTTP
24.4 Recommended Reading
24.5 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 25 Internet Multimedia Support
25.1 Real-Time Traffic
25.2 Voice Over IP
25.3 Session Initiation Protocol
25.4 Real-Time Transport Protocol
25.5 Recommended Reading
25.6 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Appendix A Fourier Analysis
A.1 Fourier Series Representation of Periodic Signals
A.2 Fourier Transform Representation of Aperiodic Signals
A.3 Recommended Reading

Appendix B Projects and Other Student Exercises for Teaching Data and Computer Communications
B.1 Animations and Animation Projects
B.2 Practical Exercises
B.3 Sockets Projects
B.4 Wireshark Projects
B.5 Simulation and Modeling Projects
B.6 Performance Modeling
B.7 Research Projects
B.8 Reading/Report Assignments
B.9 Writing Assignments
B.10 Discussion Topics



Chapter 26 Computer and Network Security Threats
26.1 Computer Security Concepts
26.2 Threats, Attacks, and Assets
26.3 Intruders
26.4 Malicious Software Overview
26.5 Viruses, Worms, and Bots
26.6 Recommended Reading
26.7 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Chapter 27 Computer and Network Security Techniques
27.1 Virtual Private Networks and IPsec
27.2 SSL and TLS
27.3 Wi-Fi Protected Access
27.4 Intrusion Detection
27.5 Firewalls
27.6 Malware Defense
27.7 Recommended Reading
27.8 Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems

Appendix C Standards Organizations
Appendix D Asynchronous and Synchronous Transmission
Appendix E The OSI Model
Appendix F The International Reference Alphabet
Appendix G Proof of the Sampling Theorem
Appendix H Ones Complement Representation and Addition

Appendix I Statistical TDM
Appendix J The Spanning Tree Algorithm

Appendix K LAN Performance Issues
Appendix L Matrix Multiplication and Determinants
Appendix M Queuing Effects
Appendix N Orthogonality, Correlation, and Autocorrelation
Appendix O TCP/IP Example
Appendix P Queue Management and Queueing Discipline
Appendix Q Cryptographic Algorithms
Appendix R Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs)
Appendix S Augmented Backus-Naur Form
Appendix T Derivations of Equations and Examples


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