The Internet community is a fast-growing electronic link among computer networks enabling communication among individuals and groups around the world. This book describes and explains the Internet to communications professionals, and provides the knowledge and insight they need in order to understand and use the Internet. Although the Internet is entirely decentralized, and although it employs many different technologies, Internet users are bound together by a framework of networking protocols. Internet System Handbook explains these protocols in logical succession, yet the chapters are sufficiently self-contained so that the book may be used as a handbook, or reference, as well as a text. Among the topics addressed are the historical evolution of the Internet community, the technologies employed in the Internet's development, management of the technology for a cohesive infrastructure, and future trends in the Internet community. Features Explains the Internet system for computer networking professionals. Explains how all the relevant protocols work and how they relate to the other parts of their environment. Tells how to operate computer facilities as part of the Internet. Shows how to select products that run well on the Internet. Shows the benefits of being part of the Internet. Handbook format allows readers to focus on sections of special interest. 0201567415B04062001Lynch, Daniel C. is the author of 'Internet System Handbook' with ISBN 9780201567410 and ISBN 0201567415.