CISCO: A Beginner's Guide

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This book is for people with no experience working with Cisco equipment that want to start a career as an IT professional in the Cisco area. A secondary market includes IT professionals already established in their careers but not in using Cisco equipment. They want to learn how to implement Cisco hardware because most companies run this equipment. Also managers, salespeople, and business decision makers who need to know more about Cisco equipment.

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco's networking solutions connect people, computing devices and computer networks, allowing people to access or transfer information without regard to differences in time, place or type of computer system. This book will provide anyone interested in learning about Cisco with a strong foundation in Cisco technologies.

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You generally can't pick up knowledge of Cisco products casually, the way you can learn about Microsoft Windows, Unix, and other products that are more generally accessible. For this reason, Cisco: A Beginner's Guide performs a valuable service. It introduces internetworking novices to the language and fact base that underlie routers, switches, network protocols, and the rest of the Internet's infrastructure. True enough, no book can teach you everything you need to know about a subject as complex as internetworking, but this one does a great job of giving you the background you need to perform well in a class or do hands-on experiments intelligently.

The book goes heavy on prose, enabling you to slowly absorb the truth about complex systems as the author lays a foundation of knowledge and then builds upon it. Conceptual diagrams help drive home relationships among network devices, though the blueprints in the center of the book suffer from being split down the middle by the book's binding--foldouts would have been far better. This is a superb book, though, one of the best around on internetworking with Cisco. It would make an excellent first purchase for a future Cisco expert or a fine "fundamentals" reference for more accomplished network engineers. --David Wall

Topics covered: Internetworking from a theoretical standpoint, backed up by information on how Cisco products handle implementation (meaning, in part, that you get information on which Cisco lines and models are good for which jobs). Technically, readers get the goods on Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS), routers, switches, routing protocols, and security. There's great information on the pantheon of Cisco certifications too.

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Learn all about cisco technology - the backbone of the world's networking systems. Gain a solid foundation in Cisco technology from this practical, hands-on resource. Cisco products run approximately 80% of the networks in the world, making its IOS operating system second only to Microsoft Windows in importance. Cisco: A Beginner's Guide covers the fundamental technologies of this networking giant, including IOS command structure, routing and networking protocols, design and management tools, network security, and network device configuraion. If you want to become Cisco certified, this book also outlines Cisco's certification programs and test objectives. Plus, you'll get blueprints that map out sample network designs using Cisco products. This valuable reference is ideal for IT professionals ready to work with cisco products, as well as business managers faced with critical technology decisions.

Understand the 7-layer OSI model, TCP/IP architecture, SNMP management protocols, and IP addressing; Use IOS commands to configure Cisco internetworking devices - routers, switches, and hubs - and handle pathway determination; Get familiar with WAN technologies such as ISDN, Frame Relay, and DSL; Manage, maintain, and troubleshoot devices using Cisco tools, including ciscoWorks, CWSI Campus, ConfigMaker, FastStep, NetSys Baseliner, and more; Handle network security using AAA models, CiscoSecure, and access lists; Learn how routers communicate with each other using routing protocols - EIGRP, BGP, OSPF, and RIP.

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