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Stanford University

Introduction to Computer Networking

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx

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This is an introductory course on computer networking, specifically the Internet. It focuses on explaining how the Internet works, ranging from how bits are modulated on wires and in wireless to application-level protocols like BitTorrent and HTTP. It also explains the principles of how to design networks and network protocols. Students gain experience reading and understanding RFCs (Internet protocol specifications) as statements of what a system should do. The course grounds many of the concepts in current practice and recent developments, such as net neutrality and DNS security.


Students need an introductory course in probability, a strong understanding of bits and bytes, and knowledge of how computers lay out data in memory.

Taught by

Nick McKeown and Philip Levis


4.8 rating, based on 13 Class Central reviews

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  • Anonymous
    I took this class the first time it was offered (Fall/Winter of 2012?) back on the old Stanford MOOC platform. It is a little on the computer science-ey side, so you will learn about protocols and design considerations; not so much practical hands o…
  • Anonymous
    I have just finished this course . It was a great experience. Before taking this course I though I know this stuff . But Phil and Nick has opened my eyes. Additionally the guest lectures by Vint Cerf and others added a new dimension to the course.
  • my name is Mohamed l am from Somali l want need to improve my level of computer networking because my fuel is computer science
  • Anonymous

    This was a very good course. Both Nick and Phil are very good teachers. I certainly learnt a great deal in this class.
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    Christopher Bond
    The quality of this course is good, while it is at an intro level, my experience is that it is quite challenging. The course so far has been enlightening and worthwhile.
  • Noeldumo
    Am happy for this computer networking course that i have been part of it has improved my career skills and understanding of practical networking skills which motivated me in taking this course hope to continue with this course in the future and i will also encourage my friends to join the course and also thank the social media platform in advertising this course thanks to classcentral though i found some challenges in the course but thé discussion forum really help me alot though i lacked Internet fast conncection thank you hope to hear from you soon..
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