-- Topic coverage, writing style, unique layout together deliver on "practical" goal.-- Accessible to new audience, overwhelmed by Stevens. Why another TCP/IP book? Because there's still a need.
It has been the author's experience that on most networks about half of the traffic is unnecessary and should be eliminated and that fewer than 10% of network staff can tell if their DNS system is working correctly or not. Niall Mansfield was inspired by W. Richard Stevens' TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1, but found that he wanted more details on how to apply the information to his own network. This book takes that next step. Unique features include: a focus on how to diagnose problems and how to fix them; illustrations on almost every page, making it easy to understand the important concepts; five chapters on how Windows operates on a TCP/IP network; and more than 100 pages of appendices -- tables of port numbers, protocol numbers, Web response codes, netmasks, and manual pages for the most-frequently-used tools -- making the book an invaluable reference for everyday use.