Comp 343-001/443-001, Computer Networks, Fall 2017

Peter Dordal, Loyola University Chicago Dept of Computer Science.

The class meets Tuesdays, 4:15-6:45, in Corboy L08.

The text will be An Introduction to Computer Networks, written by myself and available for free online. The book is updated at regular intervals; if you download for offline reading, you may want to re-download as necessary.

My general course groundrules are here. Exams will count for between 70% to 80% of your grade, with homework and programs making up the rest.

The midterm will be October 24 and the final will be December 12. The final will be at our usual time, and in our usual room.

Study guides and materials

Course calendar
Week 1: Aug 29 (hwk 1 assignment) Week 2: Sep 5                           
Week 3: Sep 12
Week 4: Sep 19
Week 5: Sep 26
Week 6: Oct 3
Oct 10: Fall break              
Week 7: Oct 17
Week 8: Oct 24 (midterm)           
Week 9: Oct 30
Week 10: Nov 7
Week 11: Nov 14
Week 12: Nov 21
Week 13 Nov 28
Week 14: Dec 5

java simpletalk examples

TCP: server, clientthreaded server
UDP: server, client

Programming Projects

WUMP, due Sat Dec 9 (may be submitted through the end of finals week, but not for extra credit)


A viewer for the Internet: A galaxy-visualization tool is used to display all ISPs (as stars) and links between them.

Summary of coverage, from An Introduction to Computer Networks

An Overview of Networks
Other LANs: Wi-Fi in particular
Links: briefly
Packets: briefly
Abstract Sliding Windows
IP version 4
IP version 6 (selections)
Routing Update Algorithms
Large-scale IP Routing
TCP Reno and Congestion Management
TCP Dynamics
Miscellaneous topics