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An Overview of the Internet in Chapter One of "Computer Networking"
A review of Chapter One of "Computer Networking" by James Kurose and Keith Ross.
# 152854 | 946 words | 1 source | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Literature (American) , Computer and Technology (Internet)

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The paper explains that the goal of Chapter One of "Computer Networking" is to provide a basic overview of the Internet. The paper outlines how it begins by defining the Internet, including a description of how the various devices in the Internet are connected to one another, and then gives more detailed descriptions of the network, including what the authors refer to as its edge and its core. The paper relates that the chapter goes on to describe some of the complexities of the Internet, including introductory explanations of why the Internet is an imperfect system. This paper posits that taken together, these components give a good working overview of the Internet, so that even a person with only a vague idea of computers and connectivity might understand the Internet after reading the chapter.

From the Paper:

"Chapter one begins by defining the Internet. It describes the Internet as a "computer network that interconnects hundreds of millions of computing devices throughout the world" (James and Ross, p.2). These computing devices, also known as hosts or end systems, can be computers, but they can also be a wide variety of less-traditional computing devices, including televisions, laptops, game systems, cellular phones, and cars (James and Ross, p.2). These hosts are connected to each other by a network of communication links and packet systems (James and Ross, p.4). Communication links are the physical media that assist in data transmission, such as wires, fibers, and airways (James and Ross, p.4). Transmitted data is subdivided into bundles of information, known as packets (James and Ross, p.4). Packet switches take incoming information and send it to an outgoing link (James and Ross, p.4). Packet switches are usually routers, used in network cores, and link-layer switches, used in access networks (James and Ross, p.4). The chapter goes on to define the role of Internet Service Providers, which service end users (James and Ross, p.4-5). It also explains Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol, which determine the format of transmitted information (James and Ross, p.5). Therefore, the beginning of chapter one provides a basic overview of how information is transmitted via Internet."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kurose, James and Keith Ross. Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 5th Edition. Boston: Pearson Education, Inc., 2010.

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