TCP/IP Defined - Additional Reading


Requests for Comments (RFCs) are documents that contain the specifications and information for all internet protocols.

RFC 1739, A Primer on Internet and TCP/IP Tools by G. Kessler & S. Shepard, is a useful, short introductory guide to Internet and TCP/IP resources that refers to itself as a “tutorial for individual self-learning.” It includes a beginner's guide and a list of resources and documentation.

You can obtain RFCs via FTP over the Internet from the following sites:


You can also obtain RFCs by E-mail by sending a message, which includes the RFC number, to

RFCs are available on the World Wide Web. For example, you can get RFC 1739 by using the Uniform Resource Locator (URL)

An additional RFC, number 1359, Connecting to the Internet: What Connecting Institutions Should Anticipate, outlines the major issues an institution should consider when deciding to implement a campus network connection to the Internet.

The following books also provide information about the TCP/IP protocol suite:

  • Comer, Douglas. Internetworking with TCP/IP, Volume I: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture. 3rd ed. Prentice-Hall, 1995
  • Comer, Douglas. Internetworking with TCP/IP, Volume II: Design, Implementation, and Internals. 2nd ed. Prentice-Hall, 1994
  • Comer, Douglas, & David L. Stevens. Internetworking with TCP/IP, Volume III: Client-Server Programming and Applications, BSD Socket Version. Prentice-Hall, 1992
  • Perlman, Radia, Interconnections, Bridges and Routers. Addison-Wesley, 1992