Student Resources
Business Data Communications, Fifth Edition

Last updated: Saturday, April 26, 2008

Useful Documents

ASCII-IRA: A description of the International Reference Alphabet (IRA), also known as ASCII.
TCP/IP Checksum: Describes the error-detection calculation used by TCP, IP, and some other protocols..
Standards Organizations: A review of some important standards-making organizations, including IETF, ITU, ISO, IEEE 802, and ATM Forum.
URL/URI: Describes Uniform Resource Locators and Uniform Resource Identifiers.
SNA: IBM's Systems Network Architecture, a proprietary protocol architecture.
Network Design Chapter: A supplementary chapter developed by Richard Van Slyke of Polytechnic University of Brooklyn. Updated 21 January 2001.

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-BDC5e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please report them to .
On-line Simulation: Ann Burroughs, an Associate Professor at Humboldt State University has created two simulations that may help you visualize some of the concepts in the book. They require ShockWave plug-ins and a reasonably up-to-date browser.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Standards: Variety of information on standards and standards bodies, provided by the IEEE Standards in Education Task Force.
Business Communications Review: Links to Web pages of vendors that advertise in the magazine. Includes copies of some articles from past issues.
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.
Forbes: Copies of some articles from past issues are provided.
Business Week: Copies of some articles from past issues are provided. Also has a considerable amount of supplemental information.
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.
SNA: A good overview.

Chapter 6 - 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.
SIP Working Group: Chartered by IETF to develop standards related to SIP. The Web site includes all relevant RFCs and Internet drafts.

Chapter 7 - Client/Server and Intranet Computing

Complete Intranet Resource Site: Wide range of resources useful in research, planning, design, and implementation of intranets.
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 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.
Road to 100G Alliance: Consortium of vendors and service providers promoting 100-Gbps Ethernet. Site includes white papers and resource links.
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

Wireless LAN Association: Gives an introduction to the technology, including a discussion of implementation considerations, and case studies from users. Links to related sites.
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.
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 - 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

DSL Forum: Includes a FAQ and technical information about ADSL and other xDSL technology. 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 - Network Security

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 19 - 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.