Technical Resources and Course Web Site for
Data and Computer Communications, Sixth Edition

by William Stallings

Winner of the 2000 award for long-term excellence in a Computer Science textbook, awarded by the Text and Academic Authors Association, Inc.

Last Updated: Friday, February 9, 2007

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-DCC6e-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.
PowerPoint Slides: Developed by Prof. Adrian J Pullin of North East Wales Institute.
PDF Slides: Developed by Prof. Hossam Hassanein of Queen's University, Canada.
cnet Simulator: Developed by Professor Chris McDonald at the University of Western Australia. The cnet network simulator enables experimentation with various data link layer, network layer, routing and transport layer protocols, and with various network configurations.
Tools Page: Developed by Professor Kenneth Christensen at the University of South Florida. The tools page contains downloadable tools primarily related to performance evaluation of computer networks and to TCP/IP sockets programming. .
Projects Manual: This manual, developed by Prentice Hall, contains over 40 exercises that are suitable for use with Data and Computer Communications. It is available at a discount for courses using this textbook.
Data Link Simulator: Developed by Peter King at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. This tool enables students to write connection oriented data link protocols and have them tested on a simulated communication channel.
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.

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.

DCC Courses

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

Internets and Intranets. TEI of Crete. Includes PDF lecture slides in Greek.
CS 420/520 Data Communications. University of Idaho. Includes handouts and many interesting links.
C329/D15 Communications and Networks. University College London. Includes PDF slides.
CIS 435/837 Computer Networks. Queen's U., Canada. Includes PDF slides.
ECE 478/578 Fundamentals of Computer Networks. U. of Arizona. Includes powerpoint slides.
EG3567 Communications Engineering. U. of Aberdeen. Includes lecture notes, an number of useful supplement pages.
CS 373 Computer Networks and Communications. U. of Missouri. Includes lecture notes.
CEN 4500C Fundamentals of Computer Communication. Includes lecture notes and traffic generator/receiver/analyzer for Window NT. University of Florida..
EEL 4781 Computer Networks. U. of South Florida. Lots of interesting material.
CS360 Data Communications. Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio. Some useful links and interesting concept demonstrations.
CS440 Data Communication. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Includes useful set of PDF and postscript lecture notes.
204325 Intro to Computer Comms and Networks. Kasetsart University, Thailand. Includes a very good set of student produced slides and notes in Powerpoint and PDF formats..
CSC 8550 - Concepts of Data Communications. At Villanova.
ECSE 4670 Computer Communication Networks. Rensselaer at Hartford.


Suggestions, Please

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Home Page of Bill Stallings

Useful Web Sites


Chapter 1 - Introduction

Network World: Information and links to resources about data communications and networking
IETF Directory and Database: Maintains archives that relate to the Internet and IETF activities. Includes keyword-indexed library of RFCs and draft documents as well as many other documents related to the Internet and related protocols.
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
International Telecommunications Union: Contains a listing of ITU-T Recommendations, plus information on obtaining ITU-T documents in hard copy or on CD-ROM.
International Organization for Standardization: Contains a listing of ISO Standards, plus information on obtaining ISO documents in hard copy or on CD-ROM.
CommWeb: Links to Web pages of vendors, tutorials on technical topics, and other useful information.

Chapter 2 - Protocols and Architecture

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

Chapter 4 - Transmission Media

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

Chapter 8 - Multiplexing

DSL Forum: Includes a FAQ and technical information about ADSL and other xDSL technology. Forum specifications.
Network Services and Integration Forum: Discusses current SONET products, technology, and standards.
SONET Home Page: Useful links, tutorials, white pages, FAQs.

Chapter 11 - ATM and Frame Relay

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.
Frame Relay Forum: The Frame Relay Forum is leading the effort to expand the functionality of frame relay networks.

Chapter 13 - LAN Technology

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

Chapter 14 - LAN Systems

Ethernet: Provides general Ethernet information, technical specifications, an Ethernet reading list, and an image of inventor Robert Metcalf's original 1976 Ethernet drawing.
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.
Wi-Fi Alliance: An industry group promoting the interoperabiltiy of 802.11 products with each other and with Ethernet.
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
CERN Fibre Channel homepage: Good source of info on Fibre Channel technology, products, etc.
LAN Interoperability Lab: University of New Hampshire (equipment testing for ATM, FDDI, Fast Ethernet, FDSE, Ethernet, OSPF, Network Management (SNMP), Token Ring, VG-AnyLAN).
10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance: An open forum whose purpose is to promote industry cooperation in the development of 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

Chapter 15 - Internetwork Protocols

IPv6: Contains information about IPv6 and related topics.
IPv6 Information Page: Includes introductory material, news on recent IPv6 product developments, and related links.
IPv6 Forum: An industry consortium that promotes IPv6-related products. Includes a number of white papers and articles.

Chapter 16 - Internetwork Operation

RSVP Project: Home page for RSVP development.

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\
The Cryptography FAQ: Lengthy and worthwhile FAQ covering all aspects of cryptography.
Tom Dunigan's Security Page: An excellent list of pointers to cryptography and network security web sites.
IEEE Technical Committee on Security and Privacy: An excellent list of pointers to cryptography and network security web sites.

Chapter 19 - Distributed Applications

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.
World Wide Web Consortium: Contains up-to-date information on HTTP, HTML, and URLs.
ASN.1 web site: contains tutorial information, links to software tools, ASN.1-based applications and products, and standards information..

Appendix A - ISDN and Broadband ISDN

ISDN Page: Information on ISDN tariffs, standards status, and links to vendors.