Head First Networking (Head First Series)

Head First Networking (Head First Series)

by Al Anderson, Ryan Benedetti


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Frustrated with networking books so chock-full of acronyms that your brain goes into sleep mode? Head First Networking's unique, visually rich format provides a task-based approach to computer networking that makes it easy to get your brain engaged. You'll learn the concepts by tying them to on-the-job tasks, blending practice and theory in a way that only Head First can.

With this book, you'll learn skills through a variety of genuine scenarios, from fixing a malfunctioning office network to planning a network for a high-technology haunted house. You'll learn exactly what you need to know, rather than a laundry list of acronyms and diagrams. This book will help you:

  • Master the functionality, protocols, and packets that make up real-world networking
  • Learn networking concepts through examples in the field
  • Tackle tasks such as planning and diagramming networks, running cables, and configuring network devices such as routers and switches
  • Monitor networks for performance and problems, and learn troubleshooting techniques
  • Practice what you've learned with nearly one hundred exercises, questions, sample problems, and projects

Head First's popular format is proven to stimulate learning and retention by engaging you with images, puzzles, stories, and more. Whether you're a network professional with a CCNA/CCNP or a student taking your first college networking course, Head First Networking will help you become a network guru.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596521554
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Head First Series
Pages: 538
Sales rank: 1,184,599
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Al Anderson is the Director of IT Support Services at Salish Kootenai College. He holds an Associates of Science in Computer Science and is near completing of Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering. He has 10+ years of college teaching experience in Programming, Networking, and Desktop Publishing, and 15+ years experience in creating, editing, and formatting various documents including pamphlets, catalogs, and manuals. Al has produced a 3-8 hour video series for the Virtual Training Company including Ruby on Rails, REALbasic, and Programming Ruby. In addition, he has built many production applications including a Learning ManagementSystem in use by Salish Kootenai College, a Ruby-on-Rails issue-tracking help desk application, and a Mac OS X Cocoa Airport Wireless Utility.

Ryan Benedetti holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Montana and teaches in the Liberal Arts Department at Salish Kootenai College (SKC) on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

For seven years, Ryan served as Department Head for Information Technology and Computer Engineering at SKC. Prior to that, he worked as editor and information systems specialist for a river, stream, and wetland research program in the School of Forestry at the University of Montana.

Ryan's poems have been published in Cut Bank and Andrei Codrescu's Exquisite Corpse. He loves cartooning, playing blues harmonica, making Flash learning toys, and practicing zazen. He spends his best moments with his wife, daughter, and son in the Mission Mountain Valley of Montana.

Table of Contents

  • Advance Praise for Head First Networking
  • Praise for other Head First books
  • Authors of Head First Networking
  • How to Use this Book: Intro
  • Chapter 1: Fixing Physical Networks: Walking on Wires
  • Chapter 2: Planning Network Layouts: Networking in the Dark
  • Chapter 3: Tools and Troubleshooting: Into the Wire
  • Chapter 4: Packet Analysis: You’ve Been Framed
  • Chapter 5: Network Devices and Traffic: How Smart is Your Network?
  • Chapter 6: Connecting Networks with Routers: Bringing Things Together
  • Chapter 7: Routing Protocols: It’s a Matter of Protocol
  • Chapter 8: The Domain Name System: Names to Numbers
  • Chapter 9: Monitoring and Troubleshooting: Listen to Your Network’s Troubles
  • Chapter 10: Wireless Networking: Working Without Wires
  • Chapter 11: Network Security: Get Defensive
  • Chapter 12: Designing Networks: You Gotta Have a Plan!
  • Leftovers: The Top Ten Things (we didn’t cover)
  • Ascii Tables: Looking Things Up
  • Installing Bind: Getting a Server to talk DNS

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Head First Networking 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TrueStories More than 1 year ago
This is the straight talk about networking that I was searching for when I entered my MCSE training in 2003. Not only does it cover the subject fully but also covers the background questions that every network engineer needs to know to resolve the myrad of possibilities that occur in medium size commercial installations and in home networks. This book resolved most of my remaining questions and it made the complex world of networking more elegant and clear than any book available before 2008. If you haven't spent time using WireShark or other network sniffers or if you haven't spent months pinging the remote nodes of a complex network this book will finally make network operations and design very clear to you. This book uses the time honored method of introducing elements of networking by telling stories and by working out typical problems in networking. Each aspect of networking is introduced in the order needed to build on previously introduced aspects. This locks each element securely in place and builds a clear and complete whole as the story unfolds. It introduces the issues in a simple way and proceeds to explain the overall progress toward the networking solution. Equipment is introduced chronologically as in the history of networking development. Competing hardware and protocols are detailed and suggestions are made to help the novice network engineer make good selections toward the goal of finding the network solution. In this process a number of network tools and processes are discussed to give the reader the best understanding of how everything works together. Several people I know, who didn't have any previous network training, dismissed this book out of hand until I described the concerted planning and comprehensive coverage of protocols and data packet management that the book covered. This bridged their reluctance to look into the book and after reading sections of this book they pronounced it to be quite suitable to their needs. I found the book to be just the right mixture of technology and training for somone like me who deals in custom small networks and builds network software programs to do active directory and Linux cluster like applications for equipment testing. I hope you will give a closer look to this book and see if it meets your needs or the needs of your company network library.
just_some_guy More than 1 year ago
I first bought the Head First HTML book and found it very instructional and easy to read, so when I was looking for a networking book to help dip my feet I was excited to see Head First published a book. This is an okay book if you're looking for the rudiments of networking, but don't expect to read it and be able to set up a network (maybe a home network). I found several errors in both grammar and, more tragically, the exercises/solutions provided. The information touched lightly on the various networking topics with no real explanations how things are done. I understand that this is a book on basics, but they could have delved a little deeper into topics. This book could have benefited from a bit more time on the editors' desk and if it was handed to a networking professional for testing. I gave two stars because it's not completely without value, but this seems more like a rough draft than a finished manuscript ready for bookshelves.