Introduction to Networking and the Internet

CE80N Fall 2012

Introduction to Networking andtheInternet


Class Information

Instructor: Tracy Larrabee

  • Office: 3-37A E2sam
  • Office hours: Wednesday, 2:30-3:30pm

Teaching Assistants:Yalda

    • Section: W 12:30-1:40p, 2:00p-3:10p in Social Sciences 1, Room 110
  • Yalda Edalat
    • Section: Th 10:00-11:10 Soc Sci 2 Room 75
    • Section: Th 12:00-1:10 Merrill Room 3
  • Each TA is willing to meet with you outside of section by using email to arrange another time you can come in--either because you want some extra one-on-one help or because you just can't make the other times (so is the professor, although sometimes this means talking over the phone or skype).

We have a Subject Tutor from Learning Support Services

Class meetings

  • Lecture: Tuesday-Thursday 2:00-3:45am in the Classroom Unit 1
  • Final Exam: Tuesday, December 11 4:00-7:00pm


  • The TCP/IP Guideby Charles M. Kozierok, Fifth Edition.
    • You can read this online for free.
    • You can buy it at
    • We also spend a lot of time reading the Networking Sections of Wikipedia


  • You are responsible to check your grades as they are posted using the Quick Link above.  If there is an error on a lab or quiz, and you don't iniate resolution before the course grades are turned in, there will be no change in grade issued.



  • The Ubiquitous Presenter slides from the lecture that covered the reading material are available during and after class (together with any ink applied dynamically). Feel free to review the slides at any time. 



ReadingTopicsQuiz Date

Transport Layer (Layer 4)

 Nov 20

More Internet Layer (Routing)

 Nov 15

Internet Layer (Layer 3)

 Nov 1, Nov 8

Data Link Layer 

(Layer 2)

 Oct 25, Nov 1
Quantization and Digitizing Oct 11, Oct 18
Decimal, Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal Numbers Oct 4
Introduction to Networking  Oct 4
Our Text
(online or in print)
Familiarize yourself with the guide and how to navigate it. Not applicable

Labslab picture


The Labs page


Class Evaluation

Your grade will come from the weekly quizzes (30%), the class exercises--exercises having to do with networking(20%), and your final exam (50%). Your weekly quizzes will cover the material listed in the assignments section of this website. Your quiz grade will be derived from your best 7 quizzes, but there will be no makeup quizzes. If this is a quarter in which you can't make it to class for at least 7/10 Thursdays, this is not a good class for you to take this quarter.


I hate to talk about cheating, because I like to assume there will be none, but the School of Engineering says I must: If a TA finds or I find conclusive evidence that you have cheated on a quiz or exam, you will fail that quiz or exam. It will not be possible to pass this course with a grade of 0 on the final exam. You should know that if you have been officially charged with cheating, and the provost has ruled that you have cheated, you get a black mark on your record: this could lead to either suspension or expulsion from this university (and you may be ejected from any SOE major, which may not affect you).

To receive credit for a weekly quiz, you must sit in one of the installed seats of the lecture hall, and you must put the names of your right and left neighbor on the top of your quiz page (put something like "end of row" if there is no one on one side). After you turn in your test, you must leave the lecture hall immediately, and if you have forgotten your backpack or other materials, you may not retrieve them until class time is over. You may not talk to anyone during the test time but the instructor or one of the TAs. Violations of this rule will result in a quiz score of zero on the part of the person doing the talking.


Please feel free to tell either the professor or the TAs about any comments or suggestions you might have about how to improve the class. The best way to do this is by electronic mail, though please include "CMPE80N" in the subject line of any emails you send to us, and also send email to just *one* of us at a time unless we specifically tell you otherwise. You may also broadcast your opinions by using the webforum.Don't worry we don't do this!


  • The Internet Book, by Douglas E. Comer, Fourth Edition Prentice Hall
  • (Deeper, wider coverage) Data and Computer Communications, by William Stallings, th Edition Prentice Hall
  • How The Internet Works, by Preston Gralla, Seventh Edition QUE
  • Computer Networks: A Systems Approach, by Larry L. Peterson & Bruce S. Davie, 3rd Edition Morgan Kaufmann Publishers
  • Computer Networks, by Andrew Tanenbaum, Prentice Hall, Third Edition.
  • Communication Networks: A First Course, by Jean Walrand, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill 1998.
  • An Engineering Approach to Computer Networks, by S. Keshav, 3rd Ed., Addison-Wesley 1998.
  • Power Programming with RPC, by John Bloomer, O'Reilly & Associates, 1992.
  • Data Networks, by Bertsekas and Gallager, Prentice Hall. (Queueing Theory, MAC Protocols)
  • Data and Computer Communications, by Stallings, Macmillian. (Encoding/Decoding)
  • The Pocket Guide to TCP/IP Sockets: C Version, by M. Donahoo and K. Calvert, Morgan Kaufman Publishers. (Socket Programming)
  • Unix Network Programming, by R. Stevens, Prentice Hall. (Socket Programming)

Instructors and Assistants