Best Reference Books – Computer Networks

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Computer Networks subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Computer Networks along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Computer Networks subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Computer Networks" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Data and Computer Communication” by William Stallings

Book Review: This book is an ideal engineering textbook for students studying the subjects of computer networks, data communication in the fields of computer engineering and electrical engineering streams. The book is also very useful for programmers, system engineers and people involved in the field of data communication and networking products. The book focuses on the current technology thereby offering a clear survey of the entire data emphasizing both basic principles and the performance role in network design thereby exploring all the critical aspects in the field of data communication, LAN and protocol design.

2. “Data Communication and Networking” by Behrouz A Forouzan

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Book Review: The book presents the basic concepts of data communications and networking and various internet protocols by using the protocol layering of internet and TCP/IP protocol suite. The book also covers the latest advances thereby presenting the concepts in a way that can be easily understood by students who have no background in the field of networking. The fundamentals are presented in a clear straightforward manner. The book has a good coverage, improved diagrams and better explanations.

3. “Computer Networks” by Andrew S Tanenbaum

Book Review: This book is suitable for junior/senior or graduate level courses in computer networks, data networks, or distributed processing in Computer science or Electrical engineering departments. The book is also useful (with selective omission of sections or chapters) for less advanced students. This is the first book that explains how computer networks work inside, from the hardware technology up to and including the most popular Internet application protocols. While students are not expected to have a background in computer networks or advanced mathematics, a general background in computer systems and programming is assumed.

4. “Internetworking with TCP/IP, Volume 1” by Douglas Comer

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Book Review: This book provides introduction to various networking concepts which include TCP/IP protocols and internetworking. The book also discusses various fundamentals and scientific theories along with the details and examples which are taken from the latest technologies. The book also covers layering and packet formats for all the internet protocols. The different protocols are TCP, IPv4, IPv6, DHCP and DNS. The book also elaborates various trends in internet systems which include packet classification, software defined networking and mesh protocols. The book is very useful for students who want to learn more about TCP/IP protocols, internet architecture and many networking technologies.

5. “TCP/IP Illustrated” by W Richard Stevens

Book Review: This book is known for clear explanations, well illustrated diagrams and clear demonstration of TCP/IP with the help of the data collected from real diagnostic programs. This book is ideal for students, graduates and networking professionals. The book also provides detailed information about TCP/IP protocol suite, IP, ARP,RARP, ICMP, IP routing, routing protocols like RIP, OSPF, concepts of broadcasting and multicasting, DNS, SNMP, FTP and many more. The book also provides implementation of TCP/IP protocols and many programming topics like TCP, HTTP, NNTP and UNIX domain protocols.

6. “Computer Networks 5th Edition” by Tanenbaum

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“Computer Networks (5th Edition)” Book Review: This book provides an introduction to the basic fundamentals of networking. The author has successfully dissected the principles associated with each layer and translated them through examples and illustrations from the internet and wireless networks. The book focuses on the latest networking technologies with a special emphasis on wireless networking, making this a perfect read for computer science & engineering students and professionals alike.

7. “Computer Networks: A Top – Down Approach” by FOROUZAN

“Computer Networks: A Top-Down Approach” Book Review: This book presents the topic of computer networks in a top-down approach, from the application layer to the physical layer. It introduces essential concepts like wireless networks, multimedia networks, network management, security and socket programming. The concise text along with illustrations, examples and exercises at the end of each chapter make this the perfect book for a beginner or someone who has intermediate knowledge in the field of networks.

8. “Computer Networking” by James F Kurose and Keith W Ross

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“Computer Networking” Book Review: The book covers all the main aspects of computer networking and transport layer protocols along with the different layers of TCP/IP model, routing protocols, and security in a top-down approach. Replete with illustrations and practical exercises, the book emphasizes on application-layer paradigms & application programming interfaces (the top layer) and encourages a hands-on experience with networking concepts before working down the protocol stack to more abstract layers. This book is suitable for students and professionals from computer science and engineering backgrounds.

9.”Fundamentals Of Computer Networks” by Sudakshina Kundu

“Fundamentals of Computer Networks” Book Review: This book focuses on the fundamental concepts of the principles and terminology of computer networking and internet technology. Topics such as data communication, TCP/IP protocol, implementation of inter-networking and operation of LANs and WANs have also been explained. Separate chapters are dedicated to network management and security, practical aspects of networking, and essential requirements for setting up a computer network. This book is suitable for undergraduate students of computer science and engineering, electronics and telecommunication engineering, information technology, as well as students of computer applications.

10. “Computer Networks : A System Approach 5th Edition” by Larry L Peterson

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“Computer Networks: A System Approach (5th Edition)” Book Review: This book explores the fundamentals of computer networking, network design and architecture, switching, routing, inter-networking, congestion control, resource allocation, end-to-end protocols, P2P, wireless, network security, and network applications. Each chapter includes a problem statement which introduces issues to be examined and a panel on the side to elaborate or discuss emerging issues in the commercial world. The book is suitable for graduate or undergraduate students of computer science and engineering, as well as industry professionals and network practitioners.

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