Practical Networking Design Techniques / Edition 2

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The authors of Practical Network Design Techniques, Second Edition: A Complete Guide for WANs and LANs build upon the popular first edition by combining pre-existing network design fundamentals with new material on LAN devices and topologies, wireless local networks, and LAN internetworking issues. This new edition has two parts. The first part focuses on wide area networks; the second, which is entirely new, focuses on local area networks. Because Ethernet emerged victorious in the LAN war, the second section pays particular attention to Ethernet design and performance characteristics. The volume retains much valuable information from the first edition, and integrates and prominently highlights WAN information that is also relevant to the LAN design process. To maximize the book's utility, the authors include a number of practical networking problems and their solutions, along with examples of methods needed to perform economic comparisons among differing communications services and hardware configurations. The second edition provides a thorough understanding of major network design problems and is an invaluable reference for data communications professionals.

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On the major types of network design problems. Uses basic and advanced mathematics to cover key problems such as location of multiplexers, number and configuration of multiplexer and concentrator ports for specific terminal populations, means of routing multidrop lines to optimize their costs, types of line facilities for use under different networking conditions. Includes a selection of practical networking problems and solutions. Major listed programs are offered on a PC disk (at $115). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849320194
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Series: Best Practices Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Book Overview

Transmission Characteristics
Communications Constraints
Information Transfer Rate
BISYNC Communications Protocol Models

Wide Area Network Line Facilities and Economic Tradeoffs
Line Connections
Leased versus Switched Facility Analysis
Additional Analog Facilities to Consider
Digital Facilities

Multiplexing, Routing, and Line Sharing Equipment
Multiplexers and Data Concentrators
Modem- and Line-Sharing Units

Locating Data Concentration Equipment
Graph Theory and Network Design
Equipment Location Techniques

Multidrop Line Routing Techniques
Multidrop Routing Algorithms
Automating the Minimum-Spanning-Tree Process
Considering Network Constraints

Sizing Communications Equipment and Line Facilities
Sizing Methods
Telephone Terminology Relationships
Traffic Measurements
The Erlang Traffic Formula
The Poisson Formula
Applying the Equipment Sizing Process


LAN Devices
Stations and Segment
LAN Switches
File Servers

LAN Topologies
Key Topologies
Pros and Cons of Different Topologies
Structured Cabling System
Medium Access Control (MAC) Protocols
LAN Architecture Evolution
Geometric Limitations of LANs
Fiber Channel Topologies

A Tutorial on the Ethernet Family of LANs
Transmission Media
A Excursion into the Ethernet Family
LAN Ethernet Design
Switches Revisited

Ethernet Performance Characteristics
Frame Operations
Availability Levels
Network Traffic Estimation
An Excursion into Queuing Theory
Ethernet Performance Details
Bridging a Network

Issues at the Network, Transport and Application Layers
Internetworking Overview
Protocol Architecture
Design Issues
Routing and Route Protocols
Routing Revisited
Excursion into the Transport Layer
Multimedia Service
Some Delay Time Calculations

Wireless LANs
Media Considerations
Transmission Issues
WLAN Topology
Wireless Standards
WLAN Design Considerations
Wireless LAN Switching

LAN Internetworking Issues
Overview of Internetworking Concepts
Switching Overview
The Tiered (Layered) Approach
Evaluating Backbone Capabilities
Distribution Services
Local Access Services
Constructing Internets by Design
Using Switches (Revisited)

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