Most networking professionals will never have to write custom TCP/IP code, but they will have to understand the key issues associated with planning, operating, evolving, and troubleshooting IP networks. Gilbert Held's TCP/IP Professional Reference focuses on precisely these issues.
Held, who's authored dozens of networking books over the years, maintains a reputation for clarity (witness the online reviews of his recent work, such as Voice and Data Internetworking). In this book, he presents concise, useful introductions to the entire TCP/IP protocol suite and each component protocol, including ICMP, TCP, UDP, and others.
Held identifies the key issues associated with network addressing, subnetting, and routing; then introduces key TCP/IP applications such as DNS, and diagnostic tools such as ping, traceroute, NSLOOKUP, and finger. There's also to-the-point coverage of securing TCP/IP hosts via access lists and firewalls.
You'll also find thoughtful introductions to emerging TCP/IP technologies, from the relatively familiar VoIP and VPN to others, such as Mobile IP and IPv6, which haven't fully left the nest. TCP/IP Professional Reference is designed to be both an authoritative reference and a tool for day-to-day network decision-making. It does the jobs.(Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.