Computer Networks By Tanenbaum
This article reviews the Computer Networks Book by Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall.
The article covers-
- Special features of book
- Analysis of Content
- Analysis of Exercises
- Necessary Instructions
Special Features of Book-
The special features of this book are-
- It contains the most well-balanced text for this subject.
- It covers the concepts in detail without getting verbose.
- It contains clear and concise diagrams and tables.
- It is a good choice for beginners and intermediate level students.
- The chapters covering Data Link layer and Network layer are explained in great detail.
- No other text book has as clear explanation for Transport layer as this book has.
- Exercise questions are numerical as well as conceptual in nature.
- The difficulty level of exercise questions is at par with the level of questions asked in GATE.
Analysis of Content-
The following table analyzes sections of the book that are relevant for GATE-
|Chapter No.||GATE Relevant Sections||GATE Topics Covered|
|1||1.4||Reference Models (OSI and TCP/IP)|
|2||2.5.1||Transmission Encoding (NRZ, Manchester etc)|
|2.6.5||Switching (Circuit and Packet)|
|3||3.1||Basics of Data Link Layer|
|3.2||Error Detection and Correction|
(Stop and Wait, Sliding Window Techniques)
|4||4.2.1||Multiple Access Protocols|
(Aloha and CSMA)
(Bridge, Hub, Switch etc)
|5||5.1||Network Layer Introduction|
|5.2.1 to 5.2.5||Routing (Distance Vector and Link State Routing)|
|5.4.2||Traffic Shaping (Leaky and Token Bucket)|
|5.6.1 to 5.6.3||Internet Protocol (IPv4 and IPv6)|
|6.4.1||User Datagram Protocol (UDP)|
|6.5.1 to 6.5.10||Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)|
|7||7.1 to 7.3||Application Layer Protocols|
|8||8.3||Public Key Algorithms|
|8.4.2||Digital Signatures and Message Digests|
|8.7.2||Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange|
Covering Only These Sections Is Enough
Analysis of Exercises-
The following table analyzes exercises of the book that are relevant for GATE-
|Chapter No.||Question No.|
|1||15, 16, 22, 27, 28|
|2||37, 38, 39|
|3||1, 2, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 32, 33, 35|
|4||2, 4, 6, 10, 13, 15, 16, 38|
|5||6, 7, 16, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 33, 37, 40|
|6||7, 9, 22, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 42, 43|
|7||4, 20, 42|
|8||17, 18, 22, 32, 33|
Practicing Only These Exercises Is Enough
Keep the following instructions in mind while reading the book-
- Competitive exams focus mainly on numerical questions in this subject.
- Make sure to solve the exercises of relevant chapters.
- Keep making notes while reading the relevant sections.
- The well-illustrated diagrams and tables can directly be a part of your short notes.
- Be thorough with the understanding of header formats and frame formats of various protocols.
- Most of the questions require knowing the concepts of TCP, UDP, IP etc in detail.
- The book covers all the topics of GATE syllabus.
- The book balances the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject pretty well.
- The numerical exercises are quite good and strongly recommended for practice.
|THIS BOOK IS SELF-SUFFICIENT FOR GATE EXAM.|
Other Recommended Books-
Data Communications And Networking By Fourozan-
Computer Networking By Kurose And Ross-