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Sams Teach Yourself Networking in 24 Hours by [Black, Uyless]
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In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, learn how to use today’s key networking techniques and technologies to build, secure, and troubleshoot both wired and wireless networks. Using this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach, you master every skill you need―from working with Ethernet and Bluetooth to spam prevention to network troubleshooting. Each lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success!


Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common networking tasks.


Q&A sections at the end of each hour help you test your knowledge.


By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion.


Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks.


Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them.


Learn how to…

  • Choose the right network hardware and software and use it to build efficient, reliable networks
  • Implement secure, high-speed Internet connections
  • Provide reliable remote access to your users
  • Administer networks to support users of Microsoft, Linux, and UNIX environments
  • Use low-cost Linux servers to provide file and print services to Windows PCs
  • Protect your networks and data against today’s most dangerous threats
  • Use virtualization to save money and improve business flexibility
  • Utilize RAID technologies to provide flexible storage at lower cost
  • Troubleshoot and fix network problems one step at a time
  • Preview and prepare for the future of networking


Introduction     1

Hour 1: An Overview of Networking     3

Hour 2: The Benefits of Networking     19

Hour 3: Getting Data from Here to There: How Networking Works     29

Hour 4: Computer Concepts     49

Hour 5: Network Concepts     71

Hour 6: Extending LANs with Wide Area Networks (WANs)     95

Hour 7: Mobile Wireless Networking     117

Hour 8: Remote Networking     129

Hour 9: Planning for the Network     143

Hour 10: Designing a Network     155

Hour 11: Selecting Network Hardware and Software     179

Hour 12: Assembling a Network     199

Hour 13: Network Applications     211

Hour 14: Connecting to the Internet: Initial Operations     231

Hour 15: Connecting to the Internet: Key Supporting Operations     247

Hour 16: Microsoft Networking     271

Hour 17: UNIX and Linux Networking     289

Hour 18: Putting the Pieces Together     301

Hour 19: Role of the Network Administrator     309

Hour 20: Security     319

Hour 21: Managing a Network     339

Hour 22: Network Troubleshooting     355

Hour 23: A Day in the Life of a Network Administrator     373

Hour 24: Where Are Networks Going from Here?     383

Glossary     389

Index     397


About the Author

Uyless Black has written 35 books on computer networks. He was one of the first writers to publish a book on Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and related Internet protocols. His book Voice over IP (VoIP) remains a best seller in the field of data communications texts. Uyless has many years of experience as a programmer and in creating and managing data communications networks.


His educational credentials include a B.S. from the University of New Mexico, an M.S. in computer systems from the American University, and a graduate degree from Rutgers’ Stonier Graduate School of Banking.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5058 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0768685761
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 4 edition (26 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CJE3KK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Aimed at the entry-level networking professional, Sams Teach Yourself Networking is unlikely to satisfy the needs of readers interested in an introduction to managing home networks. Much of the discussion centres on network operating systems, dedicated servers and keeping system users happy: hardly high priority topics for non-professionals who tend to be more interested in getting (and keeping) a disparate collection of hardware devices working in harmony! However, this observation should not be construed as criticism and Black's treatise is an excellent aid to developing expertise beyond the typical hybrid desktop routers supplied by most ISPs.

Black uses the OSI network model to introduce the concept of layered protocols and it is a theme used throughout the book to describe how data moves through networks. Not only is this model an excellent vehicle for explaining the fundamentals of networking, but it is also useful for understanding how PCs prepare data for transmission and interpret data on receipt: suddenly, those cryptic error messages will start to make sense and troubleshooting errant PCs becomes a little easier.

However, despite imparting some excellent guidance this book does have some flaws. For instance, Black squanders a couple of his "hours" discussing the role and responsibilities of a network administrator: whilst this might be interesting per se, its inclusion suggests that learning about networks requires less than twenty-four hours! Similarly, Black spends the last chapter speculating on the future of computer networks. It is almost as if he has run out of technical advice and resorts to conjecture to fill some space (and the requisite number of hours).
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Literally what it claims, "Teach yourself Networking in 24 hours". From start to finish, the book takes the reader through a step by step approach towards setting up a small office network system. After purchasing the book, I was literally able to connect five different computers via a wired network server and cable system in less than a day, and it worked first time; and as continued to run with no difficulties since. The book is simply what every small office without an IT engineer needs, it can quickly and without technical jargon allow any lay-person or inexperienced computer operator to determine the best way to set up a network, what parts to be used and how to troubleshoot the system if anything should not go as planned. The publication offers alternatives that serve a variety of different network specifications, and deals with not only wired-systems but also wi-fi options using either windows or other operating systems. Highly recommended and worth every penny.
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If you need to have a crash course in Networking so you come across as a knowing a bit about it...this is the book, It takes some going to get through it but helps build a solid foundation of knowledge.
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I have two other books from this series. They are all good for what they set out to do - to be a basic run through for the subject. This one was a useful reminder about some basics on networking, security and so on. Combined with the TCP/IP book from the same series, I found it filled a need for me very well. This is not a comprehensive networking bible or reference work, but it is a good, easy to navigate and quick to read book that covers things in sufficient detail for many people.
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