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CCNA Exam Certification Guide by Wendell Odom

Understanding the OSI Reference Model — Author Robert Wright, CCIE, first explains IP unnumbered and then discusses variable-length subnet masking. The use of these functions with routing protocols that don't support them can have varying implications, as illustrated in the different scenarios.


Cisco IOS 12.0 Interface Configuration by Technologies Riva; Systems Cisco

Configuring LAN Interfaces — Learn how to configure the LAN interfaces supported on Cisco routers and access servers, such as Ethernet, Fast EtherChannel, and Token Ring.


Cisco Router Configuration by Bruce Pinsky; Allan Leinwand; Mark Culpepper


The Basics of Device Interfaces — Brush up on the basics of interface configurations and LAN and WAN technologies, including Fast Ethernet, Token Ring, HDLC, and ATM.


Cisco Systems Network Academy: First Year Companion Guide by Vito Amato


Networking Devices — Study nodes, repeaters, signals, hubs, filters, ports, domains, bridges, and routers with this companion to Cisco's online Networking Academy, in preparation for CCNA certification.


Designing Cisco Networks by Technologies Riva; Systems Cisco

Designing the Network Topology — Prepare for the CCDA exam by gaining the ability to identify the advantages, disadvantages, scalability issues, and applicability of standard internetwork topologies.


Provisioning Hardware and Media for the LAN — Provisioning LAN media and hardware involves making many decisions, including which devices to use and what media to use to interconnect these devices. Complete the exercises provided here to assist you in learning how to make these decisions.


Gigabit Ethernet Networking by David Cunningham; Bill Lane

The Gigabit Ethernet Modal Bandwidth Investigation — One of the fundamental problems that has plagued laser-based multimode fiber links is unpredictable bandwidth performance. Find out how the Gigabit Ethernet committee resolved this issue and the circumstances in which they did it.


Gigabit Ethernet in Context with Other LAN Technologies — You may be considering upgrading non-Ethernet technologies to Gigabit Ethernet technologies. Here, authors David G. Cunningham and William G. Lane discuss commonly installed LAN technologies and the suitability of Gigabit Ethernet as an upgrade for each.


The Future: Gigabit Ethernet and Beyond — Authors Cunningham and Lane raise some important issues regarding the future of Gigabit Ethernet, including their thoughts on 1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, link aggregation, and the use of Gigabit Ethernet in WDM-based virtual MANs/WANs.


Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) by Steven McQuerry


Assembling and Cabling Cisco Devices — Learn how to cable Cisco devices to provide connectivity between switches and routers. An end of chapter quiz then helps you review and retain the concepts discussed.


Internetworking Troubleshooting by Systems Cisco; Kevin Downs


Troubleshooting Ethernet — After a brief discussion of the basics of DECnet, this chapter addresses problems you may encounter and how you can go about resolving them.


IP Routing Fundamentals by Mark Sportack

Routers and LANs — Routers can provide LAN administrators with a multitude of options for managing LANs and bolstering performance. Find out more about these options, including interconnecting LAN architectures, segmentation, and providing a gateway to the WAN.


Switched, Fast, and Gigabit Ethernet, Third Edition by Sean Riley; Robert Breyer

Layer 2 Ethernet Switching — Layer 2 switches are incredibly useful devices for building fast, affordable Ethernets of all sizes. Take an in-depth look at the concept, standards, and practical uses of this technology.


VLANs and Layer 3 Switching — Once you're familiar with Layer 2 switching, delve into this chapter for an overview of Layer 3 switching and virtual LANs. Find out more about Layer 4 switching also.


Deployment — In network design, you must understand the effects of server placement on various groups of clients before embarking on a full-scale upgrade of your network. This chapter walks you through the six steps to deployment that you need to take.


Understanding the Network by Michael J. Martin


LAN Internetworking Technologies — Author Michael J. Martin examines the three most prevalent LAN protocols--Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI--including the operation and implementation of each one.


Wireless LANs by Jim Geier

Medium Access Control (MAC) Layer — In-depth coverage of MAC Layer operations, MAC frame structure, and MAC frame types, for a better understanding of design options for and tuning of an 802.11 network.


Physical (PHY) Layer — Details of the Physical Layer architecture and operations, plus frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) physical layer, direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) physical layer, and infrared (IR) physical layer.


Implementing a Wireless LAN — Follow the process of designing, preparing for operational support, and installing of a wireless LAN. A case study is also examined to illustrate the concepts.



Breaking News

One of the primary architects of OpenCable, Michael Adams, explains the key concepts of this initiative in his book OpenCable Architecture.

Expert Advice

Ralph Droms, Ph.D., author of The DHCP Handbook and chair of the IETF Dynamic Host Configuration Working Group, guides you to his top picks for reliable DHCP-related information.

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Residential 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.


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