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  • Solid foundation for future study in Networking—Preparation for a variety of industry programs like the Network+ program, Microsoft's Networking Essentials core course, Novell's Networking Fundamentals course, and future study in Cisco certification.
    • Gives students a variety of choices for areas for future study. Ex.___

  • Entry-level expertise—Written at a level that allows for someone with no computer experience to be successful. Perfect for the non-technical individual.
    • Opens the world of networking to those previously barred due to a lack of skills or experience improving a students opportunity for success. Ex.___

  • Continual progressive testing—Testing of knowledge attainment throughout the book on a chapter by chapter basis.
    • Builds student confidence and provides feedback for areas requiring further study. Ex.___


  • Copyright 2001
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58713-038-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-038-0

An essential guide to understanding networking theory, implementation, and interoperability

  • Excellent preparation for generic or vendor-specific networking certification programs
  • Written in a user-friendly manner accessible to readers who may need an introduction to networking terms
  • Introduction to two popular real-world networking models: the Department of Defense (DoD) model and the Open System Interconnection (OSI) model
  • Includes latest technologies such as laser, infrared, and satellite/ microwave communications
  • Coverage of common server operating systems, including Windows NT(r), Windows(r) 2000, NetWare, UNIX, and Linux
  • Security coverage provides basic cryptography concepts, public and private key encryption, firewalls and proxies, and internal security measures

Computer Networking Essentials, written by educator, trainer, and technical author Debra Littlejohn Shinder, starts with an introduction to networking concepts. You will learn computer networking terminology and history, and then dive into the technical concepts involved in sharing data across a computer network. A survey of networking hardware and software will show you how the hardware components, the server and client operating systems, and the networking protocols work together to make that data sharing possible.

Several "specialty" areas of networking are explored, including security, remote access, virtual private networking (VPN), and network monitoring and troubleshooting.

Written at a level that requires little computer experience, Computer Networking Essentials incorporates elements from a variety of popular introductory networking courses into a comprehensive all-in-one guidebook. It is an excellent preparation for the Network+ program, Microsoft's Networking Essentials core course, Novell's Networking Fundamentals, and the Cisco Systems CCNA certification.

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Table of Contents


 1. Introduction to PC Networking.
 2. Categorizing Networks.
 3. Networking Concepts, Models and Standards.
 4. Networking Communications Methods.
 5. Local Area Networking Architectures.
 6. Wide Area Networking Links.


 7. Networking Hardware.
 8. Networking Protocols.
 9. Widest Area Networking: The Global Internet.
10. Network Operating Systems.
11. Directory Services.
12. Desktop Operating Systems.
13. Hybrid Networks.


14. Protecting the Network.
15. Remote Access.
16. Virtual Private Networking.
17. Thin Client Networking.
18. Monitoring, Management and Troubleshooting Tools.


19. Technologies of Tomorrow.


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