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Data networks : concepts, theory, and practice
Black, Uyless D.
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Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, [1989]

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xvi, 877 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Central Library TK5105.5 .B565 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Textbook designed for a two-semester, mid-level college course in data communications systems and computer networks. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A well-structured and thorough treatment of the state of the art in telecommunications and networking. Because of its excellent organization, this book can be used for multiple purposes; it can serve as a tutorial, as a classroom text, or as a reference source. Most welcome among its features are the many references to applicable standards. The section that discusses layered protocols is organized according to the International Standards Organization's seven layer model for Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). The functions of each layer in this model are discussed along with their prevalent CCITT, ISO, IEEE, EIA, and ANSI specifications. Examples of networking concepts are taken from popular commercial networking systems, which helps the reader to become familiar with current offerings in the communications industry. Many high-quality tables and figures are provided, and an extensive bibliography will guide further investigation of specific topics. Black's treatment of networking far surpasses that of A.S. Tannenbaum's Computer Networks (CH, May '81) which, to date, has been one of the most popular reference texts on computer networking. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates. -F. H. Wild, III, University of Rhode Island

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