Computer Communications and Networking Technologies / Edition 1

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Many students in computer science and MIS use networking technologies when working on projects but are not responsible for building or designing networks. This book addresses the needs of those students. The authors provide students with an overview of networking technology without the mathematical rigor of textbooks written for networking engineers. Through his teaching experience, Michael Gallo has found that students are often needlessly overwhelmed by the more complex topics intended for network engineering students when all they really need is an understanding of how networks operate. This approach has proven to be successful in class tests. Rather than focus on one technology, the text provides an overview of several technologies, such as Ethernet, FDDI, ATM, and the Internet. The authors compare and contrast these technologies so the students will be able to apply this knowledge to a variety of situations. This approach prepares students for the different networks they may encounter.
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An introduction to the field of computer networking and data communications for students who need to understand the larger picture of computer networks yet do not require extensive mathematical rigor and engineering detail. Part I introduces basic concepts and discusses analog and digital technologies, while Part II focuses on physical, data link, and network layer concepts. Parts II and III discuss specific networking technologies, services, and applications, and Part IV covers related networking issues such as network security, home and dial-up networking, and convergence technologies. Includes boxed readings of more in-depth material, and biographical sketches of key figures in the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534377809
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Computer Communications and Networking
2. Essential Terms and Concepts
3. Analog and Digital Communications Concepts
4. Physical Layer Concepts
5. Data Link Layer Concepts and IEEE LAN Standards
6. Network Hardware Components (Layers 1 and 2)
7. Internetworking and Network Layer Concepts and Components
8. The Internet and TCP/IP
9. Ethernet and IEEE 802.3 Networks
10. Token Ring
11. Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)
12. Integrated Services Digital Networks (ISDN)
13. Frame Relay
14. Switched Multimegabit Data Services (SMDS)
15. Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)
16. Dialup and Home Networking
17. Network Security Issues
18. Network Convergence
Appendices: A: Vendor Ethernet/802.3 Prefixes B: Using Parity for Single-Bit Error Correction C: Guidelines for Installing UTP Cable D: Network Design and Analysis Guidelines / Network Politics E: X.25
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