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How Networks Work

How Networks Work

7th Edition

Frank Derfler, Les Freed

Sep 2004, Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN13: 9780789732323
ISBN10: 0789732327
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Ever wonder how your office computer network works? Or how the Ethernet card inside your computer connects you to that network or to the Internet? How Networks Work will give you a thorough, detailed explanation of the inner-workings of network systems without getting you caught up in network jargon. Learn the basic principles of networking and how those principles work inside pieces of network equipment. Complete with illustrations to show how things work together, this latest edition also includes information on the newest technologies, including VoIP, wireless networks, broadband and more.

Ever wonder how your office computer network works? Or how the Ethernet card inside your computer connects you to that network or to the Internet? How Networks Work will give you a thorough, detailed explanation of the inner-workings of network systems without getting you caught up in network jargon. Learn the basic principles of networking and how those principles work inside pieces of network equipment. Complete with illustrations to show how things work together, this latest edition also includes information on the newest technologies, including VoIP, wireless networks, broadband and more.



Introduction.

I. Communicating by Wire.

1. How Telegraphs Work.
2. How Telephones Work.

II. Mixing Computers and Telephones.

3. How Early Networks Worked.
4. How Early Communications Terminals Worked.
5. Alphabet Soup: Morse, Baudot, ASCII, and EBCDIC.
6. How Modems Work.
7. How Terminals Work.
8. How Serial Communications Works.
9. The PC As a Terminal.
10. How Broadband Works.
11. How Computer Telephony Integration Works.

III. Local Area Networks (LANs).

12. How Local Area Networks Work.
13. How Networking Operating Systems Work.
14. How Network Interface Cards Work.
15. How Network Cables Works.
16. How IP Works.
17. How Server-Based LANs Work.
18. How Peer-to-Peer Networks Work.
19. How Enterprise Network Systems Work.
20. How LAN-to-LAN Connections Work.

IV. Links Between LANs.

21. How Bridges, Routers, and Switches Work.
22. How Metropolitan Area Networks Work.
23. How Circuit-Switched Digital Networks Work.
24. How Packet-Switched Networks Work.

V. The Internet.

25. How Internet Connections Work.
26. Network Security.

VI. Networks for e-Business.

27. e-Business Infrastructure.

VII. Intertainment.

28. Convergence and Telematics.
Index.

  • Coverage of every significant type of network—Covers LANs, the Internet, wireless networks, telephone networks, and much more.
    • Helps students understand how networks compare.

  • In-depth introductions to the fundamentals of networking—Covers signaling, information packaging, and the other basic principles of networking, as well as the history and evolution of networks.
    • Gives students a rock-solid foundation in the concepts and principles that apply to all networks, no matter how simple or complex.

  • By two of the world's leading experts in explaining networking to non-professionals—The authors, Les Freed and Frank Derfler, cover networking for PC Magazine, the world's #1 PC publication, and are authors of the classic Get a Grip on Network Cabling, which is still used in college and technical school classes worldwide.
    • Students learn from expert teachers with a remarkable ability to clarify complex concepts and technologies.

Frank Derfler and Les Freed are a proven networking best-selling combination. In addition to authoring the wildly successful How Networks Work, Fourth Edition, Millennium Edition and Sixth Editions they also wrote Get a Grip on Network Cabling, a success for Ziff Davis Press and still being used in many college and technical school classrooms as the course book for cabling classes. Frank is a Senior Networking Editor and Les is a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine, where they review the latest networking products and technology for the world's largest computer magazine.

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