Synopses & Reviews
- The plain-English guide to understanding how networks workand how they're built
- Intranets, extranets, the Internet, and other IP networks
- Network reliability, security, and troubleshooting
- Next-generation wireless technologiesBluetooth, 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 technologiesand 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.
Have you ever been to a business meeting where you kept hearing about TCP/IP but didn't really know what it was? More and more people are entering the field of networking every day, many of whom are sales and/or marketing professionals coming from a liberal arts background. These professionals need to know the basics of networking without wading through hundreds of pages of highly technical information found in other networking books. This guide covers the fundamentals and basic building blocks of a network, how voice and data networks are constructed and how they work, and where networking is going in the future.
About the Author
JAMES KEOGH has written more than 45 computer books, including Core MCSE: Networking Essentials (Prentice Hall PTR). He spent over a decade developing mission-critical systems for top Wall Street firms. Keogh chairs the Electronic Commerce track at Columbia University and serves on the graduate school faculty of Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ, where he teaches networking.
Table of Contents
I. TECHNOLOGICAL FUNDAMENTALS. 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.
II. THE CONNECTION. 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.
III. PREVENTING AND FIXING NETWORK PROBLEMS. 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.
IV. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW. 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. Glossary.