Data Communications and Networking
||Author: Behrouz A. Forouzan, Behrouz Forouzan|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math (13 August, 2003)
Sales Rank: 660,094
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
I'll make two separate sets of comments - one for professors and one for students.
Students first... Forouzan is about as easy to read as any book on the subject. Since Forouzan has done a pretty good job of keeping the text up-to-date, however, you may find it difficult to use a previous edition of the text. I would estimate that about 20% of the material is either new or revised in the 3rd edition. The website also has some pretty good student resources, such as notes and related study tools.
For professors... I have been using the text since its first edition and have no regrets. In the third edition, Forouzan departs from the 7-layered OSI model to something he calls the 5-layered Internet model (Application, Transport, Network, DL, Physical), which may not be "standard", but it certainly makes things a little easier when talking about the Internet and modern computer networks. There seems to be enough quantitative material to satisfy those who wish to take a more engineering-centered approach to data comm, although I'm not sure how this text would fly in a school of engineering (my home is a school of business). There are ample online resources for professors, including powerpoint shows and exam materials. The only other text I would consider as a substitute for Forouzan is the slightly more technical text by Stallings, but as I said, I have never had any regrets about Forouzan.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Very easy to read and understand
Forouzan made another noble work! This textbook is one of my first group of books in computer networking area. I finished reading this book 2 years ago. It has a clear text, very friendly and easy to read.
I highly recommended this book for everyone interested in Computer Network, especially a student.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Excellent entry level text
I teach a second year under-graduate (degree) course in Data Communications and Networking. This is the first networking paper that students will take. I have used Shay, Stallings and Tanenbaum in the past but have changed to Forouzan because I believe that it does an excellent job of introducing concepts at a level that is readily understood by a novice. Student feedback confirms that it is about the right level and that they feel they actually understand the text - quite a bonus ;-)
Another review recommends the above authors - and I agree they give an excellent treatment of the topic - but they require an advanced student. I would select Stallings or Tanenbaum for a paper that follows the introductory paper (we actually use Comer for the advanced paper which is specifically TCP/IP)
Forouzan's "Data Comms and Networking" is clear, plainly written - yet gives a good depth to the topics being considered. The diagrams and practice questions are excellent.
I highly recommend this book for an introductory under-graduate text.
· Computer Systems Organization and Architecture
· TCP/IP Protocol Suite
· Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet
· Local Area Networks