Understanding the Network

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Overview

The growing dependence of enterprise networks on Internet connectivity is forcing professional system and network administrators to turn to technologies that they may not fully understand for solutions. This book will provide those connectivity solutions, delivering both an understanding of technology fundamentals and their practical applications. Written for beginning to intermediate network professionals, this book will give readers a framework to assess the requirements and problems of their particular environment, and the information and know-how to build the optimal network for that environment. The content of the book provides the necessary balance between the basics and the practical examples needed to distinguish this book from other professional networking book offerings.

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In this guide for system administrators, network engineer Martin describes the various technologies and techniques needed to design, build, and manage a multiprotocol local or wide area network. A sampling of topics includes TCP/IP, AppleTalk, IPX, NetBIOS, LAN and WAN internetworking technologies, network switches, Cisco routers, dynamic routing protocols, and network troubleshooting. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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In Understanding The Network: A Practical Guide To Internetworking, UNIX/NT network administrator Michael Martin serves up real-world examples and practical advice on the fundamentals of professional networking. Each chapter builds on the previous one so that by the concluded chapter the reader will clearly understand everything necessary to build and manage a multiprotocol local or wide area computer network, as well as have a solid foundational understanding of the technical material needed to continue study towards a Cisco CCNA, CCNP, or CCIE. Understanding The Network is a highly recommended instructional work for novice network developers and has much of informative value for the more experienced networking professional as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735709775
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 3/7/2000
  • Series: Landmark Series
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 8.89 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Martin has been a UNIX/NT systems administrator for the last 10 years. Until recently, he was the manager of Desktop Systems and leader of the Tier 2 MIS support group at ANS Communications, Inc.┬┐one of the original Internet service providers. During the last 10 years, he has designed and implemented multiprotocol data communications networks for financial, manufacturing, and biotech institutions. He is currently working for Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, Inc., as a network engineer and architect. He also provides network design and UNIX/NT services on a consulting basis for businesses and regional ISPs. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, camping, running, reading, and going to the movies.

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Table of Contents

1. Understanding Networking Concepts.

Computer Network Types. Transmission Media. Network Topologies. Network Transmission Protocols. Network Communication Protocols. Network Hardware. Data Communication Reference Models. Summary.

2. The Networker's Guide to TCP/IP.

The Origins of TCP/IP. TCP/IP and UNIX. Layer 3: IP Protocol. Layer 4: TCP and UDP. UDP. The Application Layer Protocols of the TCP/IP Suite. RFCs. Additional Resources.

3. The Networker's Guide to AppleTalk, IPX, and NetBIOS.

AppleTalk. IPX and NetBIOS. Summary.

4. LAN Internetworking Technologies.

IEEE 802 LAN Standards and Logical Link Control. LAN Physical Layer Signaling, Encoding, and Transmission Media. Ethernet. Token Ring. FDDI. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

5. WAN Internetworking Technologies.

A Brief History of the PSTN. Digital Carrier Systems. ISDN. PSTN Packet- and Cell-Switched Networks. Data-Link Framing. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

6. Network Switches.

The Need for Network Switching. Switching Fundamentals. The Types of Bridges. Bridging Functionality. Layer 2 LAN Switching Fundamentals. Layer 2 LAN Switching Services for Layer 3. ATM Switches. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

7. Introduction to Cisco Routers.

Cisco Router Hardware. Memory on Cisco Routers. Talking to Your Cisco Router (Through the Console). Cisco IOS. Configuring Your Router with &#lt;copy&#gt; and TFTP. Basic Cisco Router Configuration. Disaster Recovery. Setting the Bootstrap Behavior. Upgrading Your Router's IOS. Configuring the Router's Clock. IOS Message Logging. Setting Up Buffered Logging. Setting Up Trap Logging. IOS Authentication and Accounting. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resource.

TCP/IP Dynamic Routing Protocols.

An Introduction to General Routing Concepts and Terms. TCP/IP Static Routing. TCP/IP Interior Gateway Protocols. TCP/IP Exterior Gateway Protocols. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

9. Advanced Cisco Router Configuration.

Access Control Lists. Policy Routing. Gateway Redundancy. Network Address Translation. Cisco Tunneling. Cisco Router Wide Area Interface Configuration. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

10. Configuring IP Routing Protocols on Cisco Routers.

Choosing the Right Protocol. Route Selection. Displaying General Routing Information. Managing Static Routing. Configuring Dynamic IGP and EGP IP Routing Protocols. Route Control and Redistribution. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

11. Network Troubleshooting, Performance Tuning, and Management Fundamentals.

Network Analysis and Performance Tuning. Developing Troubleshooting Skills. Network Management Fundamentals. SNMP. Summary. Related RFCs. Additional Resources.

Appendix A: Binary Conversion Table.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2002

    Very good book

    I found Understanding the Network to be a very good book despite its simplistic title. It provides a very good foundation for anyone studying for their CCNA, I credit this book with helping me pass mine. Once again, a good read for budding network gurus.

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