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How Networks Work [Paperback]

Frank J. Derfler Jr. , Les Freed
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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19 Aug 2004 How Networks Work

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.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: QUE; 7 edition (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789732327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789732323
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

About the Author

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Get a move on, please 10 Sep 2002
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Format:Paperback
The best things about this book are the bright graphics, the breezy writing style, and the simple language used to explain the concepts.
However, I got very frustrated that the majority of the book was a Jackanory about telephones and how Bell beat someone else to the patent. The actual 'meat' of the topic was, in comparison, very hurriedly dealt with. I felt it covered Networks in a very superficial way. The authors seemed to run out of steam after Ch6.
So this is a great book to catch your initial flavour of what's involved in networks, but it certainly does not contain enough detail to help you for even the most rudimentary study in networks. This is a great pity, as I feel this could have been a great learning aid had the book dealt with networks the way it did the telephone!
Finally, I was irritated by the poor quality of the book - many pages were not even divided at the top, which meant that many tore as I opened the book, new from its cellophane wrapper. This means I cannot sell it on. Beware!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have no clue....start here...... 22 Nov 2007
By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The trouble with a lot of basic introduction books is they often take a beating from people who know the background and basics of a subject already. This book assumes you have no clue. which is great as there are many people out there who never did computer studies at school or had no interest then or since but suddenly they find they have to have some knowledge. So... if you're that person this book is for you. It gives you the basics and takes you all the way from Co-AX and BNC connectors and the days of Token Ring to CAT5e/6, CSMA/CD and Gigabit. It's an excellent primer for those going into the IT world. I have reviewed a number of these beginners books so if this is you have a look at my other reviews and read those as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 15 Feb 2014
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I don't want be a Networking specialist but I need to know how they are implemented in modern data-centres - what are the components, how do they fit together, what information is required to configure them.. routers, firewalls, switches etc. This helped a little but it wasn't quite at the level I required it - it explains low-level operational details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally illustrated 19 Dec 2012
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This book has illustrated images that clearly demonstrate how networks work and gives the reader an excellent understanding of the complexities of networking in a very simplified way.
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