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Computer Networks

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,375 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews

The world's leading introduction to networkingfully updated for tomorrow's key technologies.

Computer Networks, Fourth Edition is the ideal introduction to today's networksand tomorrow's. This classic best seller has been thoroughly updated to reflect the newest and most important networking technologies with a special emphasis on wireless networking, including 802.11, Blue

Hardcover, 658 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Prentice Hall (first published 1981)
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Aug 25, 2010 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Tenanbaum is one of the most prolific writers I’ve ever seen. He has written books on Distributed Operating Sytems, Computer Organisation, Operating Systems and Computer Networks.

Tanenbaum's Computer Networks is a good, solid introductory textbook on networking suitable for those with a computing background, either university students or computer professionals. I learned my basic networking from it six years ago and have been using it as a reference ever since. It uses a layer-based appr
Koen Crolla
This book was a bit of a disappointment. While it's not *bad*, Tanenbaum's reputation and the pretty ridiculous price led me to believe it would be *great*, which it definitely isn't.

Tanenbaum has an unhealthy habit of trying to bullshit his way through sections he doesn't have a firm grip on himself, which was particularly apparent in certain sections on the Physical Layer. Since he actually has a PhD in Physics, I suppose it's possible he just wrote an in-depth explanation, then realised his r
Manuel J.
Mar 29, 2015 Manuel J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a very helpful and very complete book about networks. The main point is that it privileges the why over the how, so the boring mechanics takes second place to the reasons behind the choices made along a short but eventful history.
Timoteo Ponce
Dec 12, 2010 Timoteo Ponce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
One of the best written books of technology, Mr. Tanenbaum accomplished a very entertaining book with lots of examples, mixing technology and imagination he accomplished to create a classic.
Suresh Madhavan
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Oct 21, 2007 Mj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

From the perspective of an instructional systems tech major and in which this book is used for instructional systems tech majors, this is not an effective book. It starts with the introduction chapter, which is nothing very outstanding, but then the next chapter is about the network layer already. It has this bottom-top approach in terms of the network hierarchy and that is not how one is preferred to learn about networks, unless one is already proficient about the concept of ne
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most readable technical textbooks I have encountered. It explains networks and telecommunications in a very fascinating way, with a lot of humor thrown into the mix. Tanenbaum is, of course, the creator of Minix, which Linus Torvalds tinkered with before creating Linux.
Used to read this book in order to pass Computer Networks course in the bachelor degree of the university. I was very good. describing concepts with basic words and fluently. A great network fundamental book recommended to whom interested in learning Computer Networks from scratch.
Jun 04, 2014 Nahol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i recall the network course i took in university this was considered my textbook, It’s a great resource for understanding networks where it gives detailed descriptions of the principles associated with each layer and presents many examples drawn from the Internet and wireless networks.
Apr 18, 2015 Ivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: programming
Великолепная книга. Я даже рад тому, что не изучал сети в университете. Понятные объяснения, немного юмора и вот - один из самых крутых учебников, что я читал.
Apr 04, 2015 Oliver rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 08, 2015 MDwork rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent introductory book for computer networks. Very clear language and simple explanations of all the important concepts.
Jun 18, 2015 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computer-science
This book lays foundations for understand the importance of printing in your mind the layered model for networking
Mohamed Sufyan Islim
Very interesting and informative book from layer 1 to layer 7! However, some issues are ambiguous.
Abdullah Haroon
I want to read about IT.
Yoga Tri Handoko
i have a problem at my work
Apr 30, 2014 Pravendra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This is a good booj
Apr 22, 2014 Pradeepa is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
its gud one
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Jun 15, 2015 Simmy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
good one
Athul Menon
Apr 14, 2015 Athul Menon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dec 18, 2007 bijan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in understanding everything about networking!
This book is magnificent, it talks about everything and nothing about networking! It talks about every technology in some sort of story telling manner, at the same time it doesn't get into details of any subject. It's like a beautiful short story book (for computer literates of course ;) ) that draws a complete panoramic canvas about every confusing, high tech name out there. You can read this book many times and still find it necessary to read it again!
Aug 02, 2015 Arundev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: students,friends
Recommended to Arundev by: Teacher
Great book.This book explain the theory part of data communication and computer networking. Data communication and computer networking, uses,how it achieved, its working,how devices are communicated,communication of people,through devices,located remote locations, transferring of data from one point to another point,the protocols, etc etc. This book give a strong foundation for the practical use. Explained well.
Apr 20, 2016 André rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
»Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway«

Tanenbaum lehrt hier profunde Netzwerkgrundlagen entlang des ISO/OSI- bzw. TCP/IP-Referenzmodells, dh. von der Hardware- hinauf zur Anwendungsschicht. Er bespricht zudem Netzgeschichte (technisch & wirt./politisch) und zB. die Hierarchie & Arbeitsweise (inter)nationaler Standardisierungsorganisationen
An awesome book with very clearly laid out information, specially for the beginner in computer networks. It presents some subjects that, while do not seem absolutely relevant, are still rather interesting (history of origins of the internet as we know it comes to mind). Specially great for clearing concepts one has doubts about, and an infinetely useful accompanying tool to study for finals related to the subject.
Sep 04, 2014 Kerszi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wspaniała książka. Czytałem ją ponad rok, (ponad 1000 stron robi swoje) w międzyczasie przeszło paręnaście książek, ale warto. Na pewno będę do niej wracać. Jest tam prawie wszystko co powinna wiedzieć o sieciach osoba siedząca w tym temacie, dla osób postronnych może wydać się nudna, niestety jakąś minimalną wiedzę powinien posiadać czytelnik.
Danish Aziz
Apr 29, 2013 Danish Aziz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best computer network books available out there. I loved the comical writing style of the author. AST drops a lot of small knowledge pieces throughout the book. I would definitely recommend this to all computer science students and professionals alike!
Nov 19, 2010 Huma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: university
This greatest plus point of this book is that while Network topics are quite dry, but the text in this book is written in such a way that makes it quite interesting to read. It manages to convey the concept across to the reader by employing a story-telling type of method.
Ben Cavileer
Aug 03, 2011 Ben Cavileer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book for anyone looking to pick up advanced networking knowledge. Topics have been relevant to my career and I continue to refer to this book. The information covers a broad range of topics; however, remains detailed enough to give a thorough explanation.
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