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Understanding Local Area Networks

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The local area network (LAN) has become a technology that everyone uses but few understand. If you're faced with using or managing a network - make sure you've got Understanding Local Area Networks, Fourth Edition. This beginner's guide strips away the mystery and confusion from LAN technology. You learn the operating principles behind your LAN, as well as hardware configurations, software options, and management issues. The book helps you gain an understanding of how to connect LANs to each other and to larger ...
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Overview

The local area network (LAN) has become a technology that everyone uses but few understand. If you're faced with using or managing a network - make sure you've got Understanding Local Area Networks, Fourth Edition. This beginner's guide strips away the mystery and confusion from LAN technology. You learn the operating principles behind your LAN, as well as hardware configurations, software options, and management issues. The book helps you gain an understanding of how to connect LANs to each other and to larger computers. Plus, you'll explore popular LAN systems, including all versions of Novell NetWare, LAN Manager and LAN Server, Banyan VINES, LANtastic, and Microsoft's newest networking product, Windows NT. Quick, end-of-the-chapter quizzes check your progress, and a complete glossary helps keep you up-to-date on intimidating terms and methods. When the technology gets ahead of you, turn to the best-selling book that thousands of others have used to boost their knowledge. Turn to Understanding Local Area Networks, Fourth Edition! Packed with essential reference material and illustrations, this book helps you understand microcomputer basics behind the local area network (LAN); hardware and software LAN fundamentals; gateways, routers, and other connections from LANs to mainframes and to other LANs; LAN operating systems, including Novell NetWare, LAN Manager, AppleTalk, Banyan VINES, Windows NT, and more; Network applications like electronic messaging and scheduling; and LAN selection and management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672303821
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 9/15/1993
  • Series: Understanding Ser.
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 325

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Overview 1
2 The Basics of a Local Area Network 15
3 Bridges, Routers, and Gateways 55
4 A Guide to Network Hardware 79
5 A Guide to Network Software 91
6 Network Management and Control 125
7 Artisoft LANtastic 143
8 Macintosh Peer-to-Peer LANs 155
9 NetWare Lite 169
10 Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 177
11 Novell NetWare 187
12 IBM LAN Server 225
13 Banyan Vines 231
14 Microsoft LAN Manager and Windows NT 243
15 The Future of Networking 257
16 Local Area Network Selection 271
App. A Directory of LAN Vendors 289
App. B Glossary 291
App. C Bibliography 299
App. D Answers to Chapter Quizzes 303
Index 307
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