Student Resources
Business Data Communications, Sixth Edition

Last updated: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Online Chapters

Chapters 20 and 21, in PDF format, are available for download here.

Online Appendices

Appendix B through Appendix K, in PDF format, are available for download here.

Practice Problems

A set of homework problems with solutions is available. Students can enhance their understanding of the material by working out the solutions to these problems and then checking their answers.

Useful Web Sites

Computer Science Student Resource Site: Help and advice for the long-suffering, overworked student.
Errata sheet: Latest list of errors, updated at most monthly. File name is Errata-BDC6e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please report them to .
Animations: Links to animations listed in book.

Chapter 0 - Introduction

Telecommunications: Articles and new product information from past issues, plus an extensive international listing of industry trade shows. Product listings include a brief description plus the ability to request product information from the vendor. A useful search capability can be used to search articles and product listing by keyword.
Network World: Information and links to resources about data communications and networking.
Network Computing: Articles from magazine available plus pointers to advertisers. Site also includes a hypertext network design manual with useful practical tips for end-user network design.
Performance Edge Journal: Articles from magazine.
IT Professional: Includes career resources and links related to information technology.
ACM Networker: Includes on-line copies of magazine articles.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Standards: Variety of information on standards and standards bodies, provided by the IEEE Standards in Education Task Force.
No Jitter: Oriented toward the business user, this site integrates data and voice communications topics well. The site focuses on unified communications, convergence, and IP communications.
ZDNet: A rich collection of material on business and information technology, including white papers, computer magazine articles, news, blogs, and cases studies.
Internetworking Technology Handbook: An excellent survey of many technical topics related to networking and telecommunications. Published online by Cisco.
Telecomms History: Provides a useful historical perspective.

Chapter 2 - Business Information

Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory: At Bell Labs. Good source of leading-edge research information.

Chapter 4 - The Internet

The Living Internet: Provides comprehensive and in-depth information about the history of the Internet, plus links to numerous other relevant sites.
CAIDA: The Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis, provides tools and analyses promoting the engineering and maintenance of a robust, scalable global Internet infrastructure.

Chapter 5 - TCP/IP

Networking Links: Excellent collection of links related to TCP/IP.
IPv6 Page: Contains information about IPv6 and related topics.
OSI History: A brief history of the origins of the OSI model.

Chapter 6 - Client/Server and Intranet Computing

On-Line Intranet Journal: Includes news and features, as well as links to intranet vendors and other intranet-related sites.
SQL Standards: A central source of information about the SQL standards process and its current documents..

Chapter 7 - Internet-Based Applications

World Wide Web Consortium: Contains up-to-date information on HTTP, HTML, and URLs.
HTTP bis Working Group: Chartered by IETF to make minor revisions to HTTP and to document security issues. The Web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
SIP Forum: Nonprofit organization to promote SIP. Site contains product information, white papers, and other useful information and links.

Chapter 8 - Internet Operation

IP Performance Metrics Working Group: Chartered by IETF to develop a set of standard metrics that can be applied to the quality, performance, and reliability of Internet data delivery services.The web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
Inter-Domain Routing Working Group: Chartered by IETF to revise BGP and related standards. The web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.
OSPF Working Group: Chartered by IETF to develop OSPF and related standards. The web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.

Chapter 9 - LAN Architecture and Protocols

IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee: Status and documents for all of the working groups

Chapter 10 - Ethernet and Fibre Channel

LAN Interoperability Lab: University of New Hampshire (equipment testing for ATM, FDDI, Fast Ethernet, FDSE, Ethernet, OSPF, Network Management (SNMP), Token Ring, VG-AnyLAN).
Ethernet: Provides general Ethernet information, technical specifications, an Ethernet reading list, and an image of inventor Robert Metcalf's original 1976 Ethernet drawing.
Ethernet Alliance: This consortium promotes Ethernet technology and products Site includes numerous white papers.
Fibre Channel Industry Association: An industry consortium.
Storage Network Industry Association: An industry forum of developers, integrators, and IT professionals who evolve and promote storage networking technology and solutions

Chapter 11 - Wireless LANs

Certified Wireless Network Professional: White papers, links, and other resources related to WiFi.
IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group: Contains working group documents plus discussion archives
Wi-Fi Alliance: An industry group promoting the interoperabiltiy of 802.11 products with each other and with Ethernet.
Bluetooth SIG: Contains all the standards, numerous other documents, and news and information on Bluetooth companies and products.
Infotooth: An excellent supplementary source of information on Bluetooth.

Chapter 12 - Circuit Switching and Packet Switching

IP Multimedia Subsystems Forum: News, technical information, and vendor information on Voice over IP and softswitch technology and products.

Chapter 13 - Frame Relay and ATM

Frame Relay Resource Center: Good source of information on frame relay.
ATM Hot Links: Excellent collection of white papers and links.

Chapter 14 - Wireless WANs

CDMA Development Group: A consortium wireless companies active in CDMA wireless systems around the world.
Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association: Another industry consortium.
3G Americas: A trade group of Western Hemisphere companies supporting TDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS. Includes industry news, white papers, and other technical information.
Open Mobile Alliance: Concerned with a range of standards for mobile communications. Includes WAP technical specifications and industry links.
Lloyd Wood's Satellite Web Page: Good source of information about commercial satellite technology.
Satellite Industry Association: Good source of information about commercial satellite technology

Chapter 15 - Data Transmission

Siemon Company: Good collection of technical articles on cabling, plus information about cabling standards.
Wireless Developer Network: News, tutorials, and discussions on wireless topics

Chapter 16 - Data Communication Fundamentals

Broadband Forum: Includes a FAQ and technical information about ADSL and other xDSL technologies. Forum specifications.
Cable Digital News: Good collection of information on cable modems.

Chapter 17 - Data Link Control and Multiplexing

SONET: SONET Interoperability Forum site. Discusses current projects and technology.

Chapter 18 - Computer and Network Security Threats

Computer Security Resource Center: Maintained by NIST; contains a broad range of information on security threats, technology, and standards.
CERT Coordination Center: The organization that grew from the computer emergency response team formed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Site provides good information on Internet security threats, vulnerabilities, and attack statistics.
Vmyths: Dedicated to exposing virus hoaxes and dispelling misconceptions about real viruses.

Chapter 19 - Computer and Network Security Techniques

Anti-Virus Online: IBM's site on virus information; one of the best.
VirusList: Site maintained by commercial antivirus software provider. Good collection of useful information.
COAST: Comprehensive set of links to sites related to cryptography and network security.
IETF Security Area: Keep up to date on Internet security standardization efforts.
Tom Dunigan's Security Page: An excellent list of pointers to cryptography and network security web sites.

Chapter 20 - Network Management

Simple Web Site: Maintained by the University of Twente. It is a good source of information on SNMP, including pointers to many public-domain implementations and lists of books and articles.