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TitleISDN and Broadband ISDN with Frame Relay and ATM (4th Edition)
Author(s)William Stallings
PublishedOctober 1998
PublisherPrentice Hall
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
When Stallings' name is on the cover, you generally know two things: 1) the book is a textbook. 2) the book is a classic reference in the field. Chapter one is an introduction, both to the book as a whole, and to the drive towards broadband communications. Part one is an overview of the basic concepts in digital communications. Chapter two looks at analogue and digital information. The problems and protocols of the subscriber line are reviewed in chapter three. The fundamental ideas of networking are explored in chapter four. Part two turns to the specifics of ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) itself. Chapter five lays out the foundations for ISDN, making a number of points that generally get lost in the "gee whiz" over high speed Internet access. The architecture and components are given in chapter six. Details are provided, in chapters seven to eleven, on the physical layer, data link layer, network layer, services, and Signalling System Number 7. The relation of frame relay to ISDN is discussed in part three. Chapter twelve talks about frame mode architecture, and the reduction in overhead as compared to packet switching such as X.25. Congestion is a part of any packet network, and chapter thirteen looks at the various answers provided by frame relay. Part four moves on to broadband ISDN. The overall architecture is reviewed in chapter fourteen. Chapter fifteen looks in detail at the protocols, starting to consider ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) and SONET (Synchronous Optical Network). Part five deals more particularly with ATM. Chapter sixteen deals with components and performance. Traffic and congestion issues are covered in chapter seventeen. Ancillary material for use in a course is well prepared and presented. Most chapters have a summary, suggestions for further reading, and exercises. The questions are well thought out, and sometimes very thought provoking indeed. Some chapters have appendices, giving additional content related to the topic at hand. A Web page at provides further elements for use by instructors. Solid coverage of a hot topic. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1999

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