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TCP/IP First-Step

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Your first step into the world of TCP/IP

  • No TCP/IP experience required

  • Includes clear and easily understood explanations

  • Makes learning easy

  • Your first step to understanding TCP/IP begins here!

  • Learn TCP/IP basics

  • Discover the power of TCP/IP components and subcomponents

  • Use hands-on activities to understand TCP/IP

  • Benefit from examples that illustrate the power of TCP/IP

  • Welcome to the world of TCP/IP!

    TCP/IP is the world’s de facto communications protocol. It is the official protocol of the Internet and, consequently, has become the predominant communications protocol suite in many private networks and internetworks.

    No TCP/IP experience needed!

    TCP/IP First-Step explores TCP/IP concepts in a reader-friendly manner that assumes no previous experience. Learn about packetized data transfer, open networking, reference models, and standards bodies. Understand the architecture of the TCP/IP protocol suite and learn about its components, functions, and respective uses. TCP/IP First-Step helps you understand TCP/IP’s role in the network.

    Learn more about the First-Step Series at www.ciscopress.com/firststep.

    Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Technical Reviewers
    6. Dedications
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. Contents at a Glance
    9. Contents
    10. Introduction
      1. Goals of This Book
      2. Who Should Read This Book
      3. How This Book Is Organized
      4. Stuff You’ll Find in This Book
    11. Part I: Introduction and Architecture
      1. Chapter 1. TCP/IP: The Official Protocol of the Internet!
        1. What Is TCP/IP?
        2. The Abilities and Limitations of TCP/IP
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
      2. Chapter 2. What Has TCP/IP Done for Me Lately?
        1. Business and Pleasure?
        2. What’s the Secret?
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
      3. Chapter 3. The Quest for Freedom of Choice
        1. Open or Closed?
        2. How Do You Not Keep a Secret?
        3. Speaking of Political Committees...
        4. Gotcha!
        5. Chapter Summary
        6. Chapter Review Questions
      4. Chapter 4. TCP/IP: The Networking Protocol That Changed the World
        1. The Official Protocol of the Internet
        2. Inside the Tool Box
        3. The Big Picture
        4. Chapter Summary
        5. Chapter Review Questions
    12. Part II: Protocols: The Building Blocks of TCP/IP
      1. Chapter 5. Peeking Under the Covers
        1. Tools of the Trade
        2. A Closer Look at Port Numbers
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
      2. Chapter 6. Pushing the Envelope
        1. The Life of a Packet
        2. The Numbers Game
        3. The Architecture of an IP Address
        4. Learning to Count All Over Again
        5. Using IP Addresses
        6. Chapter Summary
        7. Chapter Review Questions
      3. Chapter 7. More Fun with IP Addresses
        1. Subdivision: It’s Not Just for Real Estate
        2. Subnetting a Network
        3. Mystery Behind the Mask
        4. Chapter Summary
        5. Chapter Review Questions
      4. Chapter 8. Guaranteed Delivery: Your Package Will Get Delivered...Eventually!
        1. Reliability and Networking
        2. Multitasking with TCP
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
      5. Chapter 9. Best-Effort Delivery: It’s Now or Never!
        1. User Datagram Protocol
        2. Yeah, but What’s It Good For?
        3. UDP—In Action!
        4. Chapter Summary
        5. Chapter Review Questions
    13. Part III: Network Services: Making Your Network Easy to Use
      1. Chapter 10. Special Delivery for Special Messages
        1. ICMP: A Protocol for System Messages
        2. Using ICMP
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
      2. Chapter 11. How Do I Get There from Here?
        1. Routers Route!
        2. Calculating Routes
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
    14. Part IV: User Services: Making the Most Use of Your Network
      1. Chapter 12. Connecting to TCP/IP Networks
        1. Anatomy of a Local-Area Network
        2. Configuring a Network Connection
        3. Chapter Summary
        4. Chapter Review Questions
      2. Chapter 13. Smiling and Dialing
        1. What, Exactly, Is the Internet?
        2. More Power!
        3. What’s the Story with Dial-Up Connections?
        4. Configuring a Dial-Up Connection
        5. Chapter Summary
        6. Chapter Review Questions
      3. Chapter 14. Taking the Next Step
        1. Information, Please!
        2. TCP/IP’s Bugshooting Tools
        3. Tracking Down Problems Beyond Your Control
        4. Chapter Summary
        5. Chapter Review Questions
    15. Part V: Appendix
      1. Appendix A. Chapter Review Answers
        1. Chapter 1
        2. Chapter 2
        3. Chapter 3
        4. Chapter 4
        5. Chapter 5
        6. Chapter 6
        7. Chapter 7
        8. Chapter 8
        9. Chapter 9
        10. Chapter 10
        11. Chapter 11
        12. Chapter 12
        13. Chapter 13
        14. Chapter 14
      2. Glossary
    16. Index