Computer networks -- 2008-2009 --

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Important! Please note that the current work serves mainly as general guidance and discussion topics, and is by no means the reference material for the course. For further information please consult the dedicated section.


The current page (and hierarchical nested pages) are part of an introductory computer networks course held at Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, part of the West University of Timisoara, Romania.

This page serves as a front page or table of contents for the entire work.


The targeted audience in our faculty is second year students in the first cycle (conforming to the Bologna process).


Having said that this course is of an introductory nature, and taking into consideration the nature of our faculty (that being more towards theoretical than engineering aspects) we shall try to provide:

  • an overview of the topic (fundamental concepts and models);
  • drill in a top-to-bottom fashion (from theory to application) each important concept;
  • provide an understanding of the Internet infrastructure and implications;
  • provide the necessary knowledge to accommodate students with network programming;

For this the course is split into four (almost equally sized) parts:

For a more detailed view please consult the dedicated page.



To be written...


Please consult the dedicated page.



At the foundations of our course (and thus the reference and required material) there is Andrew S. Tanenbaum's book titled Computer Networks 4th edition.


The following materials are just informative, and are not required for the course.

For the current course there are also other material available on-line (from our faculty):

  • Computer networks, 2007-2008, from the previous year; it contains both course and laboratory notes. (the current work is greatly based on this work, and this in turn on Tanenbaum's book);

From the MIT OpenCourseWare you could also look over:

Also from other parties, we have identified as useful (although not necessary having the same focus or intent as the current course):


All the Wikipedia entries should only be used as informative sources, and by no means as reference sources. Their main purpose is to allow quick access to general information, and to provide good enough content for persons which want to follow the current course on their own (for example people which are not students at our faculty).