Title type
Book + Access Code

Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, Global Edition (7e)

By James Kurose, Keith Ross
In stock
Product is in stock and will be despatched within 1-2 working days.
 Add to shortlist
Published date


For courses in Networking/Communications.

Motivate your students with a top-down, layered approach to computer networking

Unique among computer networking texts, the Seventh Edition of the popular Computer Networking: A Top Down Approach builds on the author’s long tradition of teaching this complex subject through a layered approach in a “top-down manner.” The text works its way from the application layer down toward the physical layer, motivating students by exposing them to important concepts early in their study of networking. Focusing on the Internet and the fundamentally important issues of networking, this text provides an excellent foundation for students in computer science and electrical engineering, without requiring extensive knowledge of programming or mathematics. The Seventh Edition has been updated to reflect the most important and exciting recent advances in networking.

Product details
Published date
Published by
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Table of contents

  1. Computer Networks and the Internet
  2. Application Layer
  3. Transport Layer
  4. The Network Layer: Data Plane
  5. The Network Layer: Control Plane
  6. The Link Layer: Links, Access Networks, and LANs
  7. Wireless and Mobile Networks
  8. Security in Computer Networks
  9. Multimedia Networking

Features & benefits
  • UPDATED! Chapters have been re-organised for the first time since the text’s original publication. The network layer, which had been previously covered in a single chapter, is now covered in Chapter 4 (which focuses on the so-called “data plane” component of the network layer) and Chapter 5 (which focuses on the network layer’s “control plane”). This expanded coverage of the network layer reflects the swift rise in importance of software-defined networking (SDN), arguably the most important and exciting advance in networking in decades.
  • UPDATED! Individual chapters have been updated to reflect changes in the field of computer networking:
    • Chapter 1 has been updated to reflect the ever-growing reach and use of the Internet.
    • Chapter 2, which covers the application layer, has been significantly updated. Material on the FTP protocol has been removed, and hash tables have been distributed to make room for a new section on application-level video streaming and content distribution networks, together with Netflix and YouTube case studies. The socket programming sections have been updated from Python 2 to Python 3.  
    • Chapter 3, which covers the transport layer, has been modestly updated. The material on asynchronous transport mode (ATM) networks has been replaced by more modern material on the Internet’s explicit congestion notification (ECN), which teaches the same principles.
    • Chapter 4 covers the “data plane” component of the network layer - the per-router forwarding function that determine how a packet arriving on one of a router’s input links is forwarded to one of that router’s output links.
    • Chapter 5 covers the control plane functions of the network layer—the network-wide logic that controls how a datagram is routed along an end-to-end path of routers from the source host to the destination host. As in previous editions, routing algorithms are covered, as well as routing protocols (with an updated treatment of BGP) used in today’s Internet. A significant new section on the SDN control plane has been added, where routing and other functions are implemented in so-called SDN controllers.   
    • Chapter 6, which now covers the link layer, contains an updated treatment of Ethernet and data center networking.
    • Chapter 7, which covers wireless and mobile networking, contains updated material on 802.11 (so-called “WiFi) networks and cellular networks, including 4G and LTE.    
  • REVISED! Significant new material involving end-of-chapter problems has been added. As with all previous editions, homework problems have been revised, added, and removed.
  • A balanced presentation focuses on the Internet as a specific motivating example of a network and also introduces students to protocols in a more theoretical context.
  • A chapter on wireless and mobility includes insight into 802.11 and coverage of ad hoc networking.
  • Principles and Practice boxes throughout demonstrate real-world applications of the principles studied.
  • Case History boxes are sprinkled in to help tell the story of the history and development of computer networking.
  • Material on application programming development is included, along with numerous programming assignments.
  • A highly developed art program enhances the descriptions of concepts.