For introductory or intermediate courses in Wide Area Networks; also an excellent preparatory text for the Cisco CCNA exam. This text covers everything that students need to know about the installation and configuration of a wide area network. It provides comprehensive coverage of the OSI model and LAN technology; voice, video, and data traffic; then discusses TCP/IP and IPX protocol suites with an emphasis on IP addressing. It emphasizes Cisco switches, followed by WAN technology, routers, and routing protocol, and covers WAN security, voice communications, and wireless technology. With its no-nonsense and easy-to-read format, the book provides enough detail to allow full understanding of how networking technology, protocols, and services work together so that students can install, configure, and troubleshoot a wide area network. Hundreds of review questions and many hands-on exercises reinforce content, and web links are included for further study.
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This textbook provides an introduction to Internetworking and wide area networks and their related technology. The OSI models, popular network protocols and technology, and routing technology and protocols are discussed. It also provides detailed examples of subnetting the network, including IPv4, CIDR,VLSM, and IPv6, and introduces voice communications, including VoIP, wireless technology, and WAN security. Cisco switches and routers are also discussed to show how to enable and configure wide area technology, and the text covers the material found in the Cisco CCNA exam.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
When first learning WAN material, I was often faced with books that were inadequate in depth of the material or books that were written for electrical engineers. In addition, after reading several books and performing research on the Internet, I felt that there were large areas where knowledge and understanding should be better. This book was designed to give an overall study of WANs and WAN technology and should help clarify those areas.
To make sure that readers have had the basics, the first chapters review the OSI model, Ethernet, and Token Ring. Next comes a thorough review of TCP/IP and IPX/SPX protocols/ standards with an emphasis on TCP/IP addressing. The book then starts looking at switches and bridges and how they affect network performance and security.
After gaining a good understanding of how LANs work, you will be ready to connect them together with routers and other WAN devices. Therefore, the book moves into WAN technology, including T-Carrier and E-Carrier systems, ISDN, X.25, Frame Relay, ATM, routers, and routing protocols. The book then finishes with an overview of WAN security and voice communications (including VOIP) and wireless technology.
To reinforce the material, each chapter contains review questions. In addition to configuring protocols on Windows machines and reviewing scenarios, the book presents hands-on experience with WAN technology in the chapters on Cisco switches and Cisco routers.
As you go through the book, you will notice that a lot of information is repeated. This allows the chapters to be taught out of order and helps to complete the overall picture. In addition, I have found that the best way to teach this material is to repeat the information as often as I can.
I would always recommend that, before taking a course on WAN technology, the reader should have had a course in LANs or networking technology or have equivalent knowledge of the COMPTIA Network+ exam. In addition, they should already be familiar with the Microsoft Windows environment and how to connect a computer to a network. For a review, however, many of the necessary LAN components that affect WAN connectivity have been discussed.
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