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Structure and Organization of The TCP/IP Guide
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Chapters of The TCP/IP Guide
Due to the hierarchical structure
just described, there are only six top-level sections in
this Guide, which I sometimes called chapters. You will probably
find that it usually makes the most sense to begin with these higher-level
sections and work your way down to the more detailed topics they contain.
Here is a brief description of each, to get you started:
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Fundamentals: This is a background chapter
that provides lots of useful general information on networks for those
who may be very new to the entire subject. It has subsections that explain
what networking is, discuss key networking characteristics, describe
networking standards, provide information on binary mathematics and
much more. If you are experienced with networks and computers in general
you may wish to skip this (or at least, skim it and only read the topics
that interest you).
Open System Interconnection (OSI) Reference Model:
A description of the important OSI Reference Model, which is used extensively
to explain networking architectures and protocol layering concepts.
Unless you already know and understand the OSI model, this section is
worth reading before getting into the meat of the Guide.
Protocol Suite and Architecture: This
is the first section that is specifically about TCP/IP; it introduces
the protocol suite and discusses it in general terms. This includes
a look at its history, a description of the TCP/IP architectural model
and an overview of key protocols. It should be the place to start reading
about TCP/IP for virtually everyone using this Guide, as it provides
necessary background information and a context for understanding the
more detailed chapters below.
Lower-Layer (Interface, Internet and Transport) Protocols (OSI Layers
2, 3 and 4): This large chapter describes
all of the TCP/IP protocols that operate at layers 2 through 4 of the
OSI model, and is organized by layer for easier reference by function.
This chapter encompasses about half the entire Guide; it includes all
of the most important core TCP/IP protocols, including IP,
IPv6, ICMP, UDP, TCP and much more.
Application Layer Protocols, Services and Applications (OSI Layers 5,
6 and 7): This chapter is also very large,
as it covers all the TCP/IP application protocols and services that
correspond to the upper three layers of the OSI Reference Model. This
includes protocols such as DNS, DHCP, SNMP, FTP and HTTP, as well as
applications such as electronic mail, the World Wide Web and diagnostic
As you can see, most of this Guide
is actually contained in the last two chapters, since TCP/IP is primarily
defined by the functions of its various protocols.
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