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Posted March 23, 2005
A Masterful Book on Routing in the Cisco Environment
Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 by Jeff Doyle (ISBN 1578700418) is an advanced level book on the theory and practice of routing and its implementation in Cisco routers. The 1026-page book (with a 50+ page index ¿ always an important part of any technical book) is packed with useful information, example network architectures, and sample commands and their corresponding outputs to help the reader get a thorough grasp of real-life application of the theory. The book is meant for working professionals in the network and routing field. Part I presents some basic routing theory along with the routing types ¿ static and dynamic. This section, as in other books, is meant as a review for those seasoned engineers who have been working in the field for some time. It also helps to bring up to speed the other readers who may lack the necessary background. Part II contains the real substance of the book. It covers the interior routing protocols in detail including RIP 1 & 2, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, and IS-IS. The material presented in these chapters is definitely solid enough to give a detailed understanding of the subject matter and provide the necessary knowledge to allow one to troubleshoot the problems that creep up in maintaining networks running these routing protocols. Part III presents the issue relating to the optimization of networks running these routing protocols such as filtering and redistribution. Part IV consists of the appendices. The most useful part of the book in my opinion is the examples and sample outputs. These really help the reader to understand the details on implementing the concepts presented in the book. Jeff presents a sample network architecture and uses that architecture to explain various aspects of the topic being discussed. For example, to illustrate various aspects of EIGRP routing and load balancing, a 5-router mesh architecture is presented followed by a detailed discussion of concepts such as succession, load sharing, route transitions and updates, etc. This approach really helps in understanding all aspects of a particular topic with concrete examples to relate to. I took hold of this book not to help in preparing for the CCIE but to assist in the understanding of routing protocols that I use in my work life. As such, I can not comment on the applicability of this book to preparing for the CCIE exam but as for its application to real world scenarios, this book far exceeds any other on the topic of routing in the Cisco environment. I am really impressed with the material presented in this book. The book is thorough and detailed in its coverage of interior routing protocols. Jeff Doyle is an expert in his field and this book proves it. On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, I give an enthusiastic 5 to Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 by Jeff Doyle. I can¿t wait to get my hands on Volume II.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 21, 2004
A great reference book
I recently received Routing TCP/IP Volume I by Jeff Doyle in the mail after hearing some fairly impressive remarks about it. My first impression after opening the box was ¿Wow this thing is huge¿ followed by ¿I can see why there¿s a volume 2¿. Looking at the table contents will tell you that this is quite the reference book that every network engineer should have sitting on a shelf somewhere near his desk. Volume 1 of Routing TCP/IP is fairly logically organized. The book starts out with a brief review of TCP/IP (although if you read a CCIE level book, you should be very well versed in TCP/IP) for a base off which to build. From there, Jeff Doyle jumps straight into routing (as the name of the book would suggest) and explains the differences between static routing and dynamic routing protocols. Part 2 of Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 is in my opinion, where the real meat of the book is contained. This section covers all the major routing protocols in detail (those are RIP, RIPv2, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, and IS-IS). If you¿re like me, you tend to occasionally forget some of the specific details of a particular routing protocol and have to look it up. For that reason alone, Routing TCP/IP will remain a fixture on my bookshelf at work for years to come. While I could look much of this information up in an RFC, it is far simpler and far faster to look it up in Routing TCP/IP than it is to search RFC¿s for what I need. Part 3 of Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 introduces route redistribution, route filtering, default routes and on-demand routing, and route maps. This section takes the information presented in part 2 and puts it to use through example by using some very informative case-studies. This tends to break up what would normally be a very dull subject with at least a little real world example so that you can get your head around a subject. Also included with Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 is an appendix of two tutorials on working with access lists and binary math. While this should be very familiar to a CCIE candidate or your average Network Engineer, it is nice to have as a review. Overall, I¿d give Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 5 out of 5. The sheer size of this book alone should give anyone a clear indication of exactly how much information is covered. While I¿m not a CCIE candidate (which this book is clearly intended for), I am a Network Engineer that needs a good reference book and this book definitely fits the bill. I¿m eagerly awaiting the arrival of volume 2 for a comprehensive routing reference set (call it the routing encyclopedia).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2001
A Laundry List Book
The book contains a lot of information for a given protocal, but without any structure/layer presentation. Basically it lists all features/formats/rules regarding a protocal in a flat, one-dimensional way. You have to sort out keys from trivals youself. This book is helpful as a reference book only.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 26, 2000
A Thank You note To Mr. Doyle and Cisco Systems.
Mr. Doyle not only knows the material, but can relay his knowledge to the reader in an easy to understand manner; without being condesending. I now understand TCP/IP numbering!!! Thanks for the foundation and the confidence to continue in my endeavor to become a CCIE.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.