The Expert Recommends:
Essential Resources for Networking Beginners
By Thomas M. Thomas II - June 12, 2000
The Internet is a wealth of information; however, its like a library
without a card catalog. :) The following section will provide you with
a series of index cards that can greatly enhance your access to online
technical information and resources.
Description: Cisco has a wonderful web site that provides a wealth
of information for all network engineers. However, navigating and searching
the site is a learned skill, so dont get frustrated. Just narrow
your search and keep tryingpersistence pays off! There is a wealth
of information to be found here
if only you can find it!
Audience: Anyone who is interested in learning more about networking
and Cisco products should explore this site, which offers learning opportunities
for all levels.
Description: The Information Technology Professionals Resource
Center (ITPRC) was created as a one-stop-shop where networking professionals
can find information relating to the various technical aspects of networking.
In addition to providing links to a vast collection of networking-related
information on the Internet, the ITPRC provides links to career management
information and forums where IT professionals can interact with one another.
The ITPRC is like a mini card catalog of technology resources for networkers.
You will find its pages to be easily navigable; it provides a complete
list of resources that are separated into categories and briefly described.
Audience: Again, anyone who is interested in finding more networking-related
information can benefit from this site. There are learning opportunities
here for all levels.
Description: The Network Analysis Institute provides an outlet
for packet-level information and supports and promotes understanding and
capabilities of network troubleshooters. This level of understanding is
the building block upon which every aspect of networking is built; it
is not called Layer 1 for nothing! :) Whether you are new to packet-level
analysis and networking in general or a seasoned troubleshooter, you will
find that the Institute provides a plethora of support information and
links that will make your life easier (and definitely more interesting).
It also offers some great downloads of real trace files and analysis.
Audience: Intermediate audiences will benefit most from this site
because most of the material requires some knowledge of the TCP/IP protocol
Description: One of the most famous mailing lists for networking
on the Internet has its home here. This list is geared to those of you
who are searching to learn about certifications. However, be aware: it
is a high volume list intermixed with some technical issues. The list
is great for beginners, but be sure to check the Web site for extensive
archives and frequently asked questions before posting. The accompanying
site also has some great resources, such as a BBS and several places where
you can voice your opinion on certain resources and hear what your peers
have to say.
Audience: Again, this site would appeal to anyone who is interested
in learning more about networking. The learning opportunities that are
available here hit all levels.
One of the primary architects of OpenCable, Michael
Adams, explains the key concepts of this initiative in his book
Broadband, Second Edition
by George Abe
Introduces the topics surrounding high-speed networks
to the home. It is written for anyone seeking a broad-based familiarity
with the issues of residential broadband (RBB) including product
developers, engineers, network designers, business people, professionals
in legal and regulatory positions, and industry analysts.