Internet Technologies Handbook: Optimizing the IP Network


  • A comprehensive reference that addresses the need for solid understanding of the operation of IP networks, plus optimization and management techniques to keep those networks running at peak performance
  • Uniquely distinguished from other books on IP networks, as it focuses on operation and management support, and is not just another treatise on protocol theory
  • Includes many practical case studies as further ...
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  • A comprehensive reference that addresses the need for solid understanding of the operation of IP networks, plus optimization and management techniques to keep those networks running at peak performance
  • Uniquely distinguished from other books on IP networks, as it focuses on operation and management support, and is not just another treatise on protocol theory
  • Includes many practical case studies as further illustration of the concepts discussed
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Transmission control protocol/internet protocols (TCP/IPs) came of age in the '80s and '90s along with the Internet, but it didn't stop there -- TCP/IP has moved into the new millennium with modern telecommunications systems. Anyone working in the field of telecommunications must be thoroughly familiar with IP networking -- and keep abreast of changes. TCP/IP keeps improving, and this excellent book offers an in-depth look at IPv6, the next-generation Internet protocol.

Author Mark A. Miller begins with a brief history of the Internet and examines some of the challenges that the reader will encounter from the study of internet protocols. Next, the author begins his work in earnest by considering the architecture of an Internet-connected network. Then, he moves up one layer in the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) architecture an discusses the Internet layer, which contains the Internet protocol and facilitates the routing of data grams from their source to their intended destination. Next, Miller considers how the routing infrastructure is kept updated with current information, and how errors or exception conditions are reported within the internetwork. Then, the author will study the two protocols that operate at the host-to-host layer, user datagram protocol (UDP) and transmission control protocol (TCP). Next, he considers the next generation of the Internet protocol, IPv6. Then, Miller examines the technical and operational characteristics of IP and its related protocols with the aid of case studies and output from a protocol analyzer. Next, the author discusses the protocols for file transfer, electronic mail, remote host access, and other end-user applications. Then, he considers multimedia applications that transport voice, fax, and video information. Next, Miller examines case studies that illustrate the operation of both data and multimedia application protocols. Finally, the author considers network management issues, and discusses how the simple network management protocol (SNMP) can effectively manage TCP/IP-based internetworks.

Professionals in the field of networking and telecommunications will greatly appreciate this outstanding book. The author presents an utterly up-to-date refresher and reference on ubiquitous Internet technologies. John R. Vacca

John R. Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written nearly 40 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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"Field engineers will greatly appreciate the comprehensive information about the network protocols, the latest developments of the network technologies, and the extensive references presented in this book." (Computing, May 6, 2005)

"…of value to the graduate student ro practicing network developer." (Computing, October 25, 2004)

"This technical application-oriented book written primarily for network professionals in also written in a style digestible for the network novice…all figures are well developed, describe concepts clearly…there is a wealth of additional information within the appendices." (E-STREAMS, October 2004)

"The handbook focuses on practical network management issues, infrastructures, packet transport, end user considerations, and the next-generation technology in IP, and illustrates the basic principles with interesting case studies.” (CHOICE, October 2004)

"The text focuses on practical issues facing network managers and includes case studies to illustrate principles discussed." (Communication News)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471480501
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/20/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 955
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK A. MILLER, P.E., is President of DigiNet Corporation, a Denver-based consulting engineering firm providing services in internetwork design, strategic planning, network management, and new product development. The author of the IP Library series of books (Wiley), Mr. Miller is a frequent presenter at industry events and has taught at the ComNet, Internet Telecom Expo, Networld+Interop, Comdex, and other conferences. He holds BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering and is a registered professional engineer in four states.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. The Challenge of the Internet.


Chapter 2. Analyzing the IP Network.

Chapter 3. Datagram Addressing and Delivery.

Chapter 4. Routing and Intranetwork Communication.

Chapter 5. End-to End Reliability.

Chapter 6. The Next Generation: IPv6.

Chapter 7. Case Studies in Packet Transport.


Chapter 8. Data Transport.

Chapter 9. Converged Networks and Multimedia Transport.

Chapter 10. Case Studies in Application Support.


Chapter 11. Network Management Architectures.

Chapter 12. Network Management System Components.

Chapter 13. Case Studies in Network and Performance Management.


Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations.

Appendix B: Sources of Internet Information.

Appendix C: Addresses of Standards Organizations.

Appendix D: Trademarks.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Interesting book with great case studies

    Since the birth of the Internet in 1969, Transmission control protocol/internet protocols (TCP/IPs), the underlying protocol foundation of the Internet, has been evolving along with the modern communication technologies and has become more and more complex. In order to thoroughly understand Internet protocols, a network engineer must understand not only their operations and message formats, but also how they are related to one another. And sometimes this can be a daunting task. In this book, author Mark Miller takes a different approach by combining the basic concept and principles with case studies. The book consists of three major parts: packet transport, application support and network management. At the end of each part, there are extensive case studies. In these case studies, Miller presents and analyzes the packets captured during network transactions to illustrate how different protocols work together on a real world network. With packets captured using a network protocol analyzer, readers have the opportunity to look into the protocol headers, and to examine how protocols negotiate and operate. This provides readers a complete picture of the Internet protocols and helps them to better understand each protocol¿s unique function in the layered architecture. The author begins this book with a brief review of the history of the Internet and how it has evolved from the original ARPANET to today¿s Internet. Then he introduces the OSI Reference Model and analyzes the Internet protocols in a layered architecture. Next, Miller explains how data is encapsulated in the Internet Layer and Data Link Layer, and how a domain name is mapped into a Internet Layer address and then into a Data Link Layer address. Then, he focuses on the routing protocols that facilitate the delivery of datagrams from the source to the destination. Next, the author studies the two end-to-end protocols, TCP and User Datagram Protocol (UDP), and thoroughly discusses the TCP state machine and TCP congestion control algorithms. Chapter 6 is dedicated to the next generation of the Internet protocol, IPv6. Miller examines the IPv6 addressing architecture, header extension as well as the routing enhancement for RIP, OSPF and BGP. He also analyzes the IPv4 to IPv6 transition strategies such as dual IP layer, IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling and transition routing between IPv4 and IPv6 routing domains. Then, through case studies, the author analyzes the operational characteristics of IP, TCP and UDP in great detail. After that, Miller discusses the Upper Layer Protocols such as File Transfer Protocol, Telnet, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, NetBIOS and Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Next, the author focuses on voice and data convergence. He reviews not only signaling protocols such as H.323, Session Initiation Protocol and Media Gateway Control Protocol but also the Quality of Service of Voice over IP. Then, with the aid of case studies, the author analyzes the operation of both data and voice application protocols. In the last section, Miller discusses the network performance and management issues, and demonstrates how to use Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Remote Monitoring (RMON) probes to manage IP based networks. This book mainly focuses on the format and architecture of the network protocols rather than how they function, readers with networking experience will benefit more than network novices. It also contains in-depth discussion on new technologies such as IPv6 and Voice over IP. Field engineers will greatly appreciate the comprehensive information of the network protocols, latest development of the network technologies and the extensive references presented in this book.

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