I have created ten sample excerpts from The
TCP/IP Guide to allow you to see what it looks like in its full PDF form. This includes
four individual topics and two
complete sections taken from the current version of the Guide, provided in PDF form just
like The TCP/IP Guide itself. If you are trying to assess the content of The
TCP/IP Guide to determine if you want to buy it, I recommend reading the
free online version of The TCP/IP Guide.
NOTICE: The samples
referenced on this page are part of The TCP/IP Guide and protected under
United States and international copyright law. You are granted authorization
to download and examine the documents to determine if The TCP/IP Guide suits
your needs. Other than this use, no part of these documents may be
reproduced, distributed, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any
form or by any meansóbe it electronic, mechanical, photographic, magnetic or
otherwiseówithout the prior written permission of the author. If you
disagree with these terms, do not download the samples.
Some important notes about these sample documents:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader Required: You must have the Adobe
Acrobat PDF Reader, version 5 or higher, to read these sample documents. You
the latest version for free from Adobe's Web site.
- Context of Samples: Some of the individual topic samples
cover advanced subjects and are included to show the depth of detail in
The TCP/IP Guide. If you are new to networking, please do not be
concerned if these seem hard to understand; this is largely because
you are seeing a topic without the other topics that go with it in its
section. All difficult concepts in The TCP/IP Guide are introduced
thoroughly with overview information that allows nearly anyone to
understand how the technologies work. Again, please refer to the
free online version of The TCP/IP Guide to
see the context of the samples.
- Hyperlinks Non-Functional: Blue text is used in The TCP/IP
Guide for hyperlinks to topics, sections, tables and figures. These
links are shown but most are not functional in the samples.
- Variations From Complete Document: There may be very minor
differences between these samples and the corresponding topics in the
The following are complete sections from The TCP/IP Guide, each covering
between 15 and 20 pages of material:
- Fundamental Network
Characteristics: A full section from the Networking Fundamentals chapter that
shows how The TCP/IP Guide provides essential information for those new
to networking. This section describes protocols in general terms,
differentiates circuit-switching and packet-switching networks,
discusses connectionless and connection-oriented protocols, explains how
messages are named and formatted, covers different types of addressing,
and contrasts client/server and peer-to-peer networking.
- IP Subnetting: Practical Subnet
Design and Address Determination Example: This five-topic
section describes in detail, using examples and diagrams, how to subnet
an IP network. It covers the design tradeoff in choosing the number of
bits for the subnet ID, determining the subnet mask, deriving subnet
identifiers and addresses, and finding host addresses for each subnet.
(Note that preceding this section in the full Guide is another section
that thoroughly covers subnetting concepts, for those new to IP
The following are four individual topics, with a brief description of each:
- Data Encapsulation, Protocol Data
Units (PDUs) and Service Data Units (SDUs): A selection from the
discussion of the OSI Reference Model that describes the OSI terminology
for messages, and how data is encapsulated as it is transferred between
- IP Datagram General Format: A detailed description of
the datagram format of the critically important Internet Protocol (IP).
This sample shows how The TCP/IP Guide puts tables and diagrams to good
use in explaining complex technologies and concepts.
- Mobile IP Overview, History and
Motivation: An example of an overview topic, which shows how The
TCP/IP Guide introduces and provides a general explanation of a
technology, in this case, Mobile IP.
- DNS Basic Name Resolution
Techniques: Iterative and Recursive Resolution: A discussion of
the differences between the two main techniques used for name resolution
in the TCP/IP Domain Name System (DNS).
If there are any problems with these samples or you have comments on
them, feel free to contact me.
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