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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (5 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764542605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764542602
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 4.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Doug Lowe is the Information Technology Director for a civil engineering firm in California. He has been managing networks for more than 25 years and has written 50+ technology books, including Networking All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition and PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies.

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9 books in 1– your key to networking success!

Your one–stop guide to building, securing, and administering networks large and small

So you’re in charge of the network? No worries! This handy all–in–one guide provides a bird’s–eye view of all the important stuff, like installing and configuring various network operating systems, working with TCP/IP, planning security, setting up a backup schedule, even managing a wireless or home network. Who needs tons of tomes?

The Dummies Way

  • Coverage of the essentials and beyond
  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
  • Tear–out cheat sheet
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Create and implement a network plan
  • Use virus scanners and set up firewalls
  • Understand IP addresses, subnetting, and routing
  • Protect wireless and home networks
  • Install a Linux or NetWare LAN

About the Author

Doug Lowe’s 50–plus computer books include more than 30 in the For Dummies series, including Networking For Dummies, now in its 6th edition. He has demystified everything from Microsoft Office and memory management to client/server computing and creating Web pages.

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The first computer network was invented when ancient mathematicians connected their abacuses (or is it abaci?) together with string so they could instantly share their abacus answers with each other so they could get their work done faster. Read the first page
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I joined a networking company. My job was to sell their software and some of their services.

I had some basic knowledge of unix from a long time ago, so I needed a good basic book to explain all the technical terms in plain language.

This book does it perfectly. It is not designed for experts, it is designed for beginners (dummies, like me). I understand that it was short on detail, but there is still enough in its 800 pages to give the reader a very good overview.

I started reading it from page 1, and managed to get to over 400 before I pulled out and started using it as a reference manual.

Its well written, in english terms, the author has a nice sense of humour. I fully recomend it for people wanting to get a good introduction to a complex topic.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Simon May on 1 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as a prelude to setting up a network.
My initial reaction was that the book was exactly what I wanted - a good all round grounding which went into some level of detail.
When I came to put the theory into practice, however, I discovered the book's shortcomings.
The book has clearly been put together in something of a hurry - the proof reading stage has clearly been cursory - and sections which the author says that he will cover, do not get any further mention. Specifically the section on setting up a VPN.
All in all, I think that this book gives a good grounding, but I would not want to rely on it to actually install a new network or to configure an existing network.
I am left feeling dissappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ab..c VINE VOICE on 4 April 2008
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Summary (i.m.h.o)

This is the type of book that fills in areas you may need to know in order to do more adventurous tasks with your computer.

General idea of the book

The general idea with this book is to explain general concepts, then apply lots of explicit text explanations how to use the tools relating to this background knowledge within your computer network. For example, the OSI reference model is explained in the briefest way, but this is then used to breakdown, list and explain the methodology of creating a general network. And the equipment at the time of writing required to make it happen is explained well. You may already know quite a bit about safer computing, but it's still nice to see it down in print to remind the reader.

Personally useful area

What you get out of this book may depend on what you do not already understand? Personally I found book 5, 'TCP/IP and the Internet' useful and revealing. It covered useful stuff on ftp, TCP/IP tools, and DNS that I have not seen in one book before in such a way that proved relevant, engaging and easy to grasp.

The later sections tended to concentrate of servers in a way that may be less useful to those already running networks.

Conclusions

This book is well designed to help users to reach their computer goals that are outside the remit of this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on 10 Jan. 2006
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This book has just about everything you need to get your foot in the door of basic networking.
You have (comprehensive) introductions to TCP/IP, Wireless, DNS, DHCP, network OS and even some Linux for the real geeks.
I would recommend this to those who have an interest but not a complete picture of networks and their configuration.
Perhaps not for those who are studying for a qualification but more for people who will actually be building their own network(s).
Well done to Doug Lowe.
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