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Table of Contents

Introduction to Computer Networks
Introductionp. 5
Network Topologiesp. 5
The Ethernet Lanip (Internet Protocol) Addressing
Assembling a Home Network
Securing the Home Network
IP Addressing in the Home Network
Assembling an Office Lan
Testing and Troubleshooting a Lan
Analyzing Computer Networks
Questions and Problems
Physical Layer Cabling: Twisted Pair
Structured Cabling
Horizontal Cabling
Unshielded Twisted-Pair Cable
Shielded Twisted-pair Cable
Terminating Cat6/5e/5 Utp Cables
Computer Communication
Straight-through and Crossover Patch Cables
Cable Testing and Certification
Testing the CAT6 Link
10 Gigabit Ethernet over Copper
Alien Crosstalk (AXT)
Signal Transmission
Troubleshooting Computer Networks
Cable Stretching
Cable Failing to Meet Manufacturer Specifications
CAT5e Cable Test Examples
Questions and Problems
Computer Fundamentals
The Computer Bus Connection
Motherboard Bus Connections
Device Drivers
Verifying Device Drivers on Windows Vista/XP
Verifying Device Drivers on Mac OS X
Computer Memory
Types of Memory
An overview of Fat and NTFSFATFAT32NTFS
Configuring The Bios Boot Sequence
Questions and Problems
Interconnecting the LANs
The Osi Model
The Network Bridge
The Network Switch
Hub-Switch Comparison
Managed Switches
Multilayer Switches
The Router
The Router Interface: Cisco 2800 Series
The Router Interface Cisco 2600 Series
The Router Interface Cisco 2500 Series
Interconnecting Lans with The Router
Gateway Address
Network Segments
Configuring The Network Interface Autonegotiation
Auto-Negotiation Steps
Full Duplex/Half Duplex
Questions and Problems
The TCP/IP Layers
The Application Layer
The Transport Layer
The Internet Layer
The Network Interface Layer
Number Conversion
Binary-Decimal Conversion
Decimal-Binary Conversion
Hexadecimal Numbers
IPV4 Addressing
Private IP Addresses
IP Address Assignment
Subnet Masks
Cidr Blocks
IPV6 Addressing
Analyzing Computer Networks FTP Data Packets
Questions and Problems
Introduction to Router Configuration
Router Fundamentals
Layer 3 Networks
The Console Port Connection
Configuring the Hyper
Terminal Software (Windows)
Configuring the Z-Term Serial Communications Software (Mac)
The Router's User Exec Mode (ROUTER>)
The User EXEC Mode
Router Configuration Challenge The User EXEC Mode
The Router's Privileged Exec Mode (ROUTER#)
Enable Secret
Setting the Line Console Passwords
Fast Ethernet Interface Configuration
Serial Interface Configuration
Router Configuration Challenge The Privileged EXEC Mode
Troubleshooting The Router Interface
Questions and Problems
Routing Protocols
Static Routing
Gateway of Last Resort
Configuring Static Routes
Networking Challenge Static Routes
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Networking, Second Edition Networking, Second Edition PrefaceThis book provides a comprehensive look at computer networking from the point of view of the network administrator. It guides readers from an entry-level knowledge in computer networks to advanced concepts in Ethernet networks, router configuration, TCP/IP networks, routing protocols, local, campus, and wide area network configuration, network security, wireless networking, optical networks, Voice over IP, the network server, Linux networking, and industrial networks. After covering the entire text, readers will have gained a solid knowledge base in computer networks.In my years of teaching, I have observed that technology students prefer to learn "how to swim" after they have gotten wet and taken in a little water. Then they are ready for more challenges. Show the students the technology, how it is used, and why, and they will take the applications of the technology to the next level. Allowing them to experiment with the technology helps them to develop a greater understanding. This book does just that. Organization of the TextThis text is designed to cover two semesters. The recommended chapters for the first semester are Chapters 1 to 8. Throughout the semester, the students will gain an appreciation of how basic computer networks and related hardware are interconnected to form a network. This involves understanding the concepts and issues of twisted-pair cable, interconnecting LANs, configuring TCP/IP, subnet masking, basic router configuration, and configuring routing protocols and wide area networking.Chapters 9 to 16 are recommended for the second semester--configuring and managing the campus network, network security, wireless LANs, and optical networks. The instructor can choose from the following topics to complete the semester: installing and configuring Windows 2008/2003 network server, Voice over IP, Linux configuration, and industrial networks. Key Pedagogical FeaturesChapter Outline, Objectives, Key Terms,andIntroductionat the beginning of each chapter clearly outline specific goals for the reader. An example of these features is shown in Figure P-1.Net-Challenge Softwareprovides a simulated, hands-on experience in configuring routers. Exercises provided in the text (see Figure P-2) and on the CD challenge readers to undertake certain router/network configuration tasks. The challenges check the students' ability to enter basic networking commands and to set up router function, such as configuring the interface (Ethernet and Serial) and routing protocols (that is, OSPF, BGP, EIGRP, IGRP, RIP, and static). The software has the look and feel of actually being connected to the router's console port.Protocol Analyzer Softwarepackaged with the text uses the Finisar Surveyor Demo. Examples of using the software to analyze data traffic are included throughout the text, as shown in Figure P-3.Numerous worked-out examplesare included in every chapter to reinforce key concepts and aid in subject mastery, as shown in Figure P-3.Configuring, Analyzing, or Troubleshootingsections, as shown in Figure P-4, are included with each chapter to guide the reader through advanced techniques in networking.Key Termsand their definitions are highlighted in the margins to foster inquisitiveness and ensure retention. This is illustrated in Figure P-5.Extensive Summaries, Questions,andProblemsas well asCritical Thinking Questionsare found at the end of each chapter, as shown in Figure P-6.An extensiveGlossaryis found at the end of the book and offers quick, accessible definitions to key terms and acronyms, as well as an exhaustiveIndex(Figure P

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