Optical Networking: A Beginner's Guide

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Explained in easy-to-understand language and offering hundreds of figures and illustrations, this book offers a thorough grounding in optical networking. It includes in-depth information about the roots and theory behind optical networking and practical information about optical hardware and software vendors. The guide explains complex concepts, including optical networking, SONET and multiplexing in easy-to-understand language. It also covers Cisco, Nortel and Juniper Certifications and contains hundreds of figures and illustrations along with 16 blueprints that map out sample optical network designs and concepts using different hardware and software products. Because this is a beginner's guide, the blueprints help deliver the information by putting it into a visual context.

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Get a solid introduction to optical networking with this up-to-date guide

Get up to speed on optical networking technology--a still-emerging field of high-speed data transmission--using this clearly written introductory resource. Packed with hundreds of figures and illustrations depicting current optical network designs and concepts, this book not only thoroughly explains the basics but also puts just-learned information into a visual context. Covering everything from hardware and software products to SONET and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), this book explores a wide range of topics in a style that's easy to understand. And it contains details relating to optical products from leading companies including Cisco, Juniper, and Nortel. If you're looking for in-depth information on the theories behind optical networking--as well as practical details on working with the technology--this book is your ideal resource.

Learn the differences between optical and electrical signals Discover how the need for high-speed optics developed Find out about leading vendors--Cisco, Juniper, Nortel, and others--and their top products Understand how optical routing and switching work Get tips and techniques for managing optical networks Maintain and tune an optical network for maximum performance Recognize the various types and capabilities of fiber cabling Get details on common security procedures and protocols

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Robert C. Elsenpeter (Blaine, MN) is an author, Web content writer, and award-winning journalist. His is co-author of eBusiness: A Beginner's Guide. Toby J. Velte (St. Paul, MN), Ph.D., MCSE+I, CCNA, CCDA, is CEO of FireSummit, Inc., an innovative network services firm. He is a respected industry leader in the field of networking. Dr. Velte specializes in future-looking technologies and making them easy to understand for consumers and profitable for businesses. For Osborne/McGraw-Hill, he has authored Cisco: A Beginner's Guide, Windows Enterprise Networking, Windows 2000 Enterprise Networking, Cisco Internetworking with Windows NT and 2000 and eBusiness: A Beginner's Guide.

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