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Those of us who've been involved with networking since the '80s remember a time when few people expected TCP/IP to succeed in business. Compared to alternatives like IPX/SPX, it was just too darned complicated. Well, of course, TCP/IP protocols underlie the Internet, and the Internet revolution has washed away all those competitive protocols. Nowadays, even candy machines get IP addresses.
Unfortunately, someone forgot to make TCP/IP any easier. If anything, it's more complicated now, with generations of new protocols layered on to provide workarounds and extend TCP/IP far beyond the imagination of its creators. That's why TCP/IP For Dummies® was so desperately needed -- and why, in its Fifth Edition, it's still a bestseller.
All the essentials are covered here: the basics of IP addressing; DHCP, NAT, DNS, and so forth. The authors walk through client TCP/IP configuration under Windows XP, Windows 9x, Mac OS X, and Linux; as well as email and FTP configuration. You'll also find three full chapters on TCP/IP security, ranging from protecting your cables to making sure your NIC isn't in "promiscuous" mode; detecting unauthorized hosts to limiting TFTP -- even the basics of Kerberos and secure Internet protocols.
Of late, people are paying more attention to IPv6, the "next-generation" IP that never got off the ground. Well, it just might, after all. Gartner predicts we'll finally run out of IPv4 address spaces by '05 or '06 -- and it's already started to happen in Asia. You may need to become familiar with IPv6 in a hurry, and this book's breezy introduction is a great place to start.
Speaking of emerging technologies, this Edition is replete with new coverage -- including VLANs, storage area networks, web services, P2P, IPSec, Mobile IP, and much more. There's also an updated CD-ROM full of TCP/IP utilities, reference information, and bonus chapters. Ever wished TCP/IP was as friendly as it is powerful? Get this book. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.