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  • Coverage of the technical fundamentals and evolution of networks.
    • Provides students with a solid understanding of what the technology is, how it works, and where it came from. Ex.___

  • LANs and WANs—Connections, media, and building blocks.
  • Intranets, extranets, the Internet, and other IP-based networks—Explained in detail.
  • DSL, cable modems, and other high-speed Internet access alternatives are introduced.
  • Understanding Internet security and privacy and their crucial role in networking.
  • Up-to-the-minute wireless coverage—Bluetooth™, WAP, JINI™, and more.
  • Options for maximizing network reliability and security.
  • Key resources for troubleshooting network problems.
    • Coverage of all the major concepts, hardware, technologies, and technical issues provide students with a complete and current overview of networking.

  • Background look at the networking industry and its key players.
  • Powerful trends shaping tomorrow's networks.
    • Provides a look to the future of networking and an introduction to all the key players. Ex.___


  • Copyright 2001
  • Dimensions: K
  • Pages: 432
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-030548-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-030548-0

  • The plain-English guide to understanding how networks work—and how they're built
  • Intranets, extranets, the Internet, and other IP networks
  • Network reliability, security, and troubleshooting
  • Next-generation wireless technologies—Bluetooth, WAP, and JINI
  • Networking industry overview
  • The future of networking

Your complete, no-nonsense guide to networking: the fundamentals, without the hype!

The Essential Guide to Networking is the complete briefing on networking and the Internet for every non-technical professional! In one easy-to-understand book, James Keogh explains all of today's hottest networking technologies—and helps you make sense of the fast-changing networking industry. The Essential Guide to Networking is a breath of fresh air: an intelligent, thorough, friendly, and up-to-date guide to networking for non-engineers! You'll learn all this, and more:

  • The technical fundamentals and evolution of networks
  • LANs and WANs: connections, media, and building blocks
  • Intranets, extranets, the Internet, and other IP-based networks
  • DSL, cable modems, and other high-speed Internet access alternatives
  • Understanding Internet security and privacy
  • Up-to-the-minute wireless coverage: Bluetooth, WAP, Jini, and more
  • Options for maximizing network reliability and security
  • Key resources for troubleshooting network problems
  • The networking industry and its key players
  • Powerful trends shaping tomorrow's networks

If you need to understand the dynamic, ever-changing world of networking and how it's revolutionizing today's high tech economy, this is your complete briefing.

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Table of Contents


1. Networks: A Look Back.

Reality Check. Frontier Land. The Hidden Network of Data Storage. Sending and Receiving Information Among Computers. Summary.

2. Networks: Basic Concepts.

Reality Check. Analog and Digital. Transmitting Your Thoughts. Summary. Putting It All Together.


3. Networks: Parts and Pieces.

Reality Check. Interrupts. Network Cards. Network Media. Transmitting a Signal Over a Cable. Transmitting a Signal Over the Airwaves. After the Cable. Summary.

4. Networks: Linking Parts Together.

Reality Check. An Electronic Highway. Network Topologies. Network Architecture. Network Protocols. Summary.

5. Networks: Connecting over a Wide Area.

Reality Check. The Telephone System. Wide Area Networks. Summary.

6. Networks: Internet, Intranets, and Extranets.

Reality Check. Inside the Internet. Surfing the Net. Internet Services. Internet Security. Intranets and Extranets. Summary.

7. Networks: Client/Server Technology.

Reality Check. Network Operations. Overcoming Incompatible Network Operating Systems. Summary. Putting It All Together.


8. Network Reliability and Security.

Reality Check. Network Performance. Network Administration. Network Accounts. Network Security. Summary.

9. How Technicians Troubleshoot a Network.

Reality Check. Preventive Measures. Troubleshooting Network Problems. Summary. Putting It All Together.


10. Network: The Industry.

Reality Check. The Breadth of the Industry. The Depth of the Industry. The Industry Today. Summary.

11. Networks: The Future of the Industry.

Reality Check. Growth at the Speed of Light. Changing Business Climate. Summary.

Appendix A: Network: Profiles of the Major Players.

Electronic Commerce Segment. Network Software/Services Segment. Network Hardware Segment. Network Communication Segment. Putting It All Together.




Computer technology seems to completely change every 18 months, and network technology is leading this change. Stop and think for a moment how much you depend on network technology. If you're like me, you probably have a difficult time answering that question because networking is something you don't see and most of us don't touch.

Yet if I asked you how many times you send and receive e-mails every day or how many hours a day you surf the Internet, then you probably would have no difficulty answering. E-mail and the Internet are just two ways we use networking technology every day.

Now for the million dollar question: Do you know how networks work? Take your time answering. Remember, you still have your "lifelines" available. If your answer is no, then you're reading the right book.

Most of us know little or nothing about networks unless we work closely with the technicians who maintain them for our company. However, we're forced to interact with network technology whenever the network goes down, leaving us disconnected from our files and e-mails.

A help desk technician talks network mumbo jumbo to us as he or she tries to get us back online. It's tough to admit, but even the office guru probably doesn't have a clue about what the technicians are doing. I know this for a fact because I was one of those office gurus—and that's the reason I wrote this book. I hung around with networking professionals for about a year and discovered networks interested me enough to become an expert. I'd rather be on the complaining end of a call instead of having to track down a problem in the miles of network cables and the hundreds of network devices that keep data flowing through my company.

To help you understand networks, my objective when writing this book was to make the text plain, simple, and easy to understand. As you read through this book and develop your own understanding of how networks work, I think you'll find that I met my goal.

I begin with basic school science that illustrates how an electronic signal is generated. Don't worry—I purposely left out math problems. If you can turn a light switch on and off, then you'll be fine.

After that, I lead you on a clear, straight path that takes you to local area networks and wide area networks technology and a rare look behind the scenes at the Internet. Your journey will be peppered with a few humorous stories that I picked up while I was writing this book.

The last few chapters are devoted to the business side of networking, and I take you on a tour of the movers and shakers who decide how networks operate. You'll recognize a few of the companies as those that are the pride of tech stock traders. Many are not household names, yet have a dramatic role in network and Internet technologies. I'm sure anyone who has remotely followed tech stocks will enjoy this look at the networking industry.

If you're a network technician or want to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, then don't read this book. Instead pick up a copy of my Core MCSE: Networking Essentials, which is a Microsoft Certified-approved study guide designed for studying for the certification tests.

If you're a nontechnical person interested in learning more about networks, then read this book. It's the best way to learn about networking without having to sift through technical stuff you don't need to know.

This book is ideal for anyone who is responsible for administrating network services for an organization and for salespeople, law firms, research organizations, marketing personnel, human resources professionals, project managers, networking managers, and high-level administrators. It will give you the knowledge you need to effectively communicate and understand networking language. And as we evolve farther into a network-centric world, the importance of such a skill is going to be increasingly more apparent and important.


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