Technical Resource and Course Web Site for
Local and Metropolitan Area Networks, Sixth Edition

by William Stallings

Winner of the 2001 award for long-term excellence in a Computer Science textbook, awarded by the Text and Academic Authors Association, Inc.

Last Updated: 30 June 2001

This site is intended to provide support for instructors and students using the book. For more information about the book, see the Prentice Hall page, which provides a table of contents and description.

Useful Web Sites

A chapter-by-chapter list of related web sites. This includes all active sites listed in the book, plus other useful sites. Suggestions welcome.

Course Support Materials

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-LAN6e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please report them to .
PDF Viewgraphs: On-line transparency masters of many of the figures from the book in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, compressed using ZIP. See several of the web sites listed below for additional slides and lecture notes.
Tables: On-line transparency masters of all the tables from the book in PDF format.

NOTICE: No password is required for any downloads. Downloading sometimes fails, either because your browser mistakenly assumes a password is needed or for other reasons. If so, try using another browser or an FTP package. If that doesn't work, there might be a problem at your end or at your ISP, perhaps a firewall issue. Then you would need to talk to a system manager on your end.

LAN Courses

Instructors might find these web sites for courses taught using this book useful. I would appreciate hearing about web sites for other courses.

CSE679 Local Area Networks Long Island U.


Suggestions, Please

If you have any suggestions for site content, please contact me at . In particular, please pass along links to relevant web sites and links to course pages used by instructors teaching from this book.

Home Page of Bill Stallings

Useful Web Sites


Chapter 1 - Introduction

LAN Interoperability Lab: University of New Hampshire (equipment testing for ATM, FDDI, Fast Ethernet, FDSE, Ethernet, OSPF, Network Management (SNMP), Token Ring, VG-AnyLAN).
Network World: Information and links to resources about data communications and networking
Vendors: Links to thousands of hardware and software vendors who currently have WWW sites, as well as a list of thousands of computer and networking companies in a Phone Directory.
IEEE Communications Society: Good way to keep up on conferences, publications, etc. Has an on-line copy of my article on IPv6, which updates material in the book.
ACM Special Interest Group on Communications (SIGCOMM): Good way to keep up on conferences, publications, etc
Telecommunications Technology Resources Page: Excellent source of links covering numerous topics.

Chapter 2 - Topics in Data Communications

Cabletesting: Details on standards for LAN copper and fiber optic cabling, standards bodies, industry definitions, and troubleshooting recommendations.

Chapter 3 - Protocols and the TCP/IP Suite

Networking Links: Excellent collection of links related to TCP/IP.
OSI History: A brief history of the origins of the OSI model.

Chapter 4 - Topologies and Transmission Media

Anixter, Inc: Source of information about communications technology, products, conferences, and publications.

Chapter 5 - Protocol Architecture

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

Chapter 7 - Ethernet LANs

Charles Spurgeon's Ethernet Web Site: Status and documents on all of the working groups.
10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance: An open forum whose purpose is to promote industry cooperation in the development of 10 Gigabit Ethernet.
IEEE 802.3 10 Gbps Ethernet Task Force: This group is developing a 10-Gbps Ethernet standard. The Web site includes an email archive and the documentation developed so far.

Chapter 9 - Fibre Channel

Fibre Channel Association: Includes tutorials, white papers, links to vendors, and descriptions of Fibre Channel applications
Storage Network Industry Association: An industry forum of developers, integrators, and IT professionals who evolve and promote storage networking technology and solutions

Chapter 10 - Wireless LANs

Wireless LAN Association: Gives an introduction to the technology, including a discussion of implementation considerations, and case studies from users. Links to related sites.
WiFi Alliance: An industry group promoting the interoperabiltiy of 802.11 products with each other and with Ethernet.


Chapter 11 - ATM LANs

ATM Hot Links: Excellent collection of white papers and links.
ATM Forum: Leading the effort to expand the functionality of ATM networks.
Cell Relay Retreat: Contains archives of the cell-relay mailing list, links to numerous ATM-related documents, and links to many ATM-related web sites.

Chapter 14 - 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.