Sams Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours


In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will uncover the inner workings of TCP/IP. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds on the previous ones, enabling you to learn the essentials of TCP/IP from the ground up.
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In just 24 lessons of one hour or less, you will uncover the inner workings of TCP/IP. Using a straightforward, step-by-step approach, each lesson builds on the previous ones, enabling you to learn the essentials of TCP/IP from the ground up.
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Editorial Reviews

Featuring 24 one-hour lessons on TCP/IP, this book identifies and describes protocols at each layer, offers instruction on the use of routers and gateways, and provides recommendations for working with IP addresses, TCP/IP networks, utilities, and security. Each lesson builds upon previous lessons. Shortcuts and pitfalls are highlighted. Charts, diagrams, and flow charts are used to illustrate key points. Casad is an engineer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672335716
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 513,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Casad is an engineer who has written widely on PC networking and system administration. He has written or co-written 12 books on computers and networking, including MCSE Windows NT Server and Workstation Study Guide, MCSE Networking Essentials Training Guide, Windows NT Server 4.0 Professional Reference, and Windows 98 Professional Reference. He is the former managing editor of Network Administrator magazine and currently is the senior editor of UNIX Review.
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Chapter 1: What Is TCP/IP

TCP/IP is a protocol system-a collection of protocols that support network communications. The answer to the question What is a protocol? must begin with the question What is a network?

This hour describes what a network is and shows why networks need protocols. You'll also learn what TCP/IP is, what it does, and where it began.

At the completion of this hour, you'll be able to

  • Define network
  • Explain what a network protocol suite is
  • Explain what TCP/1P is
  • Discuss the history of TCP/IP
  • List some important features of TCP/1P
  • Identify the organizations that oversee TCP/IP and the Internet
  • Explain what RFCs are and where to find them

Networks and Protocols

A network is a collection of computers or computer-like devices that can communicate across a common transmission medium, as shown in Figure 1. 1.

In a network, requests and data from one computer pass across the transmission medium (which might be a network cable or a phone line) to another computer. In Figure 1.1, computer A must be able to send a message or request to computer B. Computer B must be able to understand computer A's message and respond to it by sending a message back to computer A.

A computer interacts with the world through one or more applications that perform specific tasks and manage input and output. If that computer is part of a network, some of those applications must be capable of communicating with applications on other network computers. A network protocol suite is a system of common rules that helps to define the complex process of transferring data. The data travels from an application on one computer, through the computer's network hardware, across the transmission medium to the correct destination, and up through the destination computer's network hardware to a receiving application (see Figure 1.2).

The protocols of TCP/IP define the network communication process and, more importantly, define how a unit of data should look and what information it should contain so that a receiving computer can interpret the message correctly. TCP/IP and its related protocols form a complete system defining how data should be processed, transmitted, and received on a TCP/IP network. A system of related protocols, such as the TCP/IP protocols, is called a protocol suite.

The actual act of formatting and processing TCP/IP transmissions is performed by a software component that is known as the vendor's implementation of TCP/IP. For instance, Microsoft TCP/IP is a software component that enables Windows NT to process TCP/IPformatted data and thus to participate in a TCP/IP network. As you read this book, be aware of the following distinction:

  • A TCP/IP standard is a system of rules defining communication on TCP/IP networks.
  • A TCP/IP implementation is a software component that performs the
functions that enable a computer to participate in a TCP/IP network. The purpose of the TCP/IP standards is to ensure the compatibility of all TCP/IP implementations regardless of version or vendor.
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Table of Contents

Hour 1 What is TCP/IP? 7

Hour 2 How TCP/IP works 21

Hour 3 The network access layer 35

Hour 4 The Internet layer 47

Hour 5 Subnetting and CIDR 69

Hour 6 The transport layer 83

Hour 7 The application layer 107

Hour 8 Routing 121

Hour 9 Getting connected 143

Hour 10 Firewalls 175

Hour 11 Name resolution 185

Hour 12 Automatic configuration 215

Hour 13 IPv6 - the next generation 229

Hour 14 TCP/IP utilities 243

Hour 15 Monitoring and remote access 275

Hour 16 The Internet : a closer look 297

Hour 17 HTTP, HTML, and the World Wide Web 305

Hour 18 Email 321

Hour 19 Streaming and casting 339

Hour 20 Web services 353

Hour 21 The new Web 363

Hour 22 Network intrusion 375

Hour 23 TCP/IP security 391

Hour 24 Implementing a TCP/IP network - seven days in the life of a sys admin 413

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Welcome to Sams Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition. This book provides a clear and concise introduction to TCP/IP for newcomers, and also for users who have worked with TCP/IP but would like a little more of the inside story. The fourth edition includes new material on recent developments in TCP/IP and offers a closer look at topics such as

  • Firewalls
  • Streaming
  • Web services

You'll find new chapters on casting and streaming, web services, and the new Web, as well as several new sections throughout the book on recent developments in TCP/IP.

Does Each Chapter Take an Hour?

Each chapter is organized so that you can learn the concepts within one hour. The chapters are designed to be short enough to read all at once. In fact, you should be able to read a chapter in less than one hour and still have time to take notes and reread more complex sections in your one-hour study session.

How to Use This Book

The books in the Sams Teach Yourself series are designed to help you learn a topic in a few easy and accessible sessions. Sams Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition, is divided into six parts. Each part brings you a step closer to mastering the goal of proficiency in TCP/IP.

  • Part I, "TCP/IP Basics," introduces you to TCP/IP and the TCP/IP protocol stack.
  • Part II, "The TCP/IP Protocol System," takes a close look at each of TCP/IP's protocol layers: the Network Access, Internet, Transport, and Application layers. You learn about IP addressing and subnetting, as well as physical networks and application services. You'll also learn about the protocols that operate at each of TCP/IP's layers.
  • Part III, "Networking with TCP/IP," describes some of the devices, services, and utilities necessary for supporting TCP/IP networks. You learn about routing and network hardware, DHCP, DNS, and IPv6.
  • Part IV, "TCP/IP Utilities," introduces some of the common utilities used to configure, manage, and troubleshoot TCP/IP networks. You learn about Ping, Netstat, FTP, Telnet, and other network utilities.
  • Part V, "TCP/IP and the Internet," describes the world's largest TCP/IP network: the Internet. You learn about the structure of the Internet. You also learn about HTTP, HTML, XML, email, and Internet streaming.
  • Part VI, "Advanced Topics," describes topics such as web services, messaging, the semantic web, and TCP/IP security. Part VI ends with a case study showing how the components of TCP/IP interact in a real working environment.

The concepts in this book, like TCP/IP itself, are independent of a system and descend from the standards defined in Internet Requests for Comment (RFCs).

How This Book Is Organized

Each hour in Sams Teach Yourself TCP/IP in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition, begins with a quick introduction and a list of goals for the hour. You can also find the following elements.

Main Section

Each hour contains a main section that provides a clear and accessible discussion of the hour's topic. You'll find figures and tables helping to explain the concepts described in the text. Interspersed with the text are special notes labeled By The Way? These notes come with definitions, descriptions, or warnings that help you build a better understanding of the material.

Note - These boxes clarify a concept that is discussed in the text. A By The Way might add some additional information or provide an example, but they typically aren't essential for a basic understanding of the subject. If you're in a hurry, or if you want to know only the bare essentials, you can bypass these sidebars.


Each hour ends with some questions designed to help you explore and test your understanding of the concepts described in the hour. Complete answers to the questions are also provided.

Note - Additionally, some hours include Workshops—exercises designed to help you through the details or give you practice with a particular task. You'll find them only in hours where a little real-world exploration will help build a better understanding of the material. Even if you don't have the necessary software and hardware to undertake some of the exercises in the Workshop, you might benefit from reading through the exercises to see how the tools work in a real network implementation.

Key Terms

Each hour includes a summary of important key terms that are introduced in the hour. The key terms are compiled into an alphabetized list at the end of each hour.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2005

    Teach yourself... but some help can be useful

    The book covers all the basics but sometimes some previous knowledge seem to be assumed, whereas other topics are covered from the very beginning. (BTW I own the Dutch version). E.g. there is a really good introduction to the binary system but in the chapter about subnets the book talks about some calculations and give examples but doesn't tell HOW the calculation has to be done, from another book I guess it is a binary AND operation. The scheme with the ip-headerfield is not very clear either, especially the upper row with the zeroes and ones in it. It took some time for me to find out they were just the first part of a decimal number 10 !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Not a great book but fairly simple to understand

    I think the book is fairly easy to comprehend. This is also after spending a week on a TCP/IP portion of a CCNA course. This book would be a great walkthrough though if u wanted to set up a network at home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Very badly written and hard to understand

    If you already have a college degree in TCP/IP this book might be of interest, but if you are looking for a book that will be of help to a non-expert this book isn't it. The chapters are written in a very confused way. At one point you think the author is talking to a child with overly simplistic language, then at the next moment he will throw in some advanced mathamatics that will completely lose you. You end up not understanding anything about the subject that you didn't know to begin with. I highly recommend looking elsewhere for a good introduction to TCP/IP.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2000

    Great for beginners

    This book gives you an overview of tcp/ip and really prepares you for moving on to other intermediate/advanced books such as TCP/IP Illustrated and many others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Not bad, Errata, Nothing Changed

    There is nothing changed between 4th edition and this 5th edition. On first page, few words are missing from sentences. 1st page - errata!

    Sometimes the Author communicate in fair English and sometimes in more technical standard. Particularly in dealing with Sub-nets, IP address, I've to spend sometime on Wiki to understand it.

    For absolute beginners, this is not a essential book. I suggest this book: Microsoft Windows Networking Essentials

    For full depth details on TCP/IP or Other Protocols, go with other books.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Understanding TCP/IP

    Good Info for those want to know a little more about networking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    Wasted hours (unless you are already familiar with TCP/IP)

    In my opinion, the book is not a good introduction for beginners. There is no clear picture of TCP/IP architecture, some terms are used before they are defined, etc. <br>Here is a test for a potential buyer. Open it on the page 25 ('TCP/IP and OSI model') and try to understand how TCP/IP and OSI models are really related. If you succeed, buy the book and good luck (but in this case you are most likely not a beginner).

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    Posted May 12, 2010

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