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Understanding the network : a practical guide to internetworking
Martin, Michael J.
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Indianapolis, IN : New Riders, [2000]

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xvi, 687 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Describes the various technologies and techniques needed to design, build and manage a multiprotocol local or wide area network (LAN/WAN).
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The growing dependence of enterprise networks on Internet connectivity is forcing professional system and network administrators to turn to technologies that they may not fully understand for solutions. This book will provide those connectivity solutions, delivering both an understanding of technology fundamentals and their practical applications. Written for beginning to intermediate network professionals, this book will give readers a framework to assess the requirements and problems of their particular environment, and the information and know-how to build the optimal network for that environment. The content of the book provides the necessary balance between the basics and the practical examples needed to distinguish this book from other professional networking book offerings.

Author Notes

Michael J. Martin has been a UNIX/NT systems administrator for the last 10 years. Until recently, he was the manager of Desktop Systems and leader of the Tier 2 MIS support group at ANS Communications, Inc. one of the original Internet service providers. During the last 10 years, he has designed and implemented multiprotocol data communications networks for financial, manufacturing, and biotech institutions. He is currently working for Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, Inc., as a network engineer and architect. He also provides network design and UNIX/NT services on a consulting basis for businesses and regional ISPs. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, camping, running, reading, and going to the movies.

Table of Contents

1 Understanding Networking Conceptsp. 1
Computer Network Typesp. 2
Transmission Mediap. 2
Network Topologiesp. 8
Network Transmission Protocolsp. 10
Network Communication Protocolsp. 16
Network Hardwarep. 17
Data Communication Reference Modelsp. 23
Summaryp. 34
2 The Networker's Guide to TCP/IPp. 35
The Origins of TCP/IPp. 36
TCP/IP and UNIXp. 37
Layer 3: IP Protocolp. 38
Layer 4: TCP and UDPp. 72
UDPp. 77
The Application Layer Protocols of the TCP/IP Suitep. 78
RFCsp. 82
Additional Resourcesp. 83
3 The Networkers' Guide to AppleTalk, IPX, and NetBIOSp. 85
AppleTalkp. 86
IPX and NetBIOSp. 107
Summaryp. 121
Related RFCsp. 121
Additional Resourcesp. 121
4 LAN Internetworking Technologiesp. 123
IEEE 802 LAN Standards and Logical Link Controlp. 124
LAN Physical Layer Signaling, Encoding, and Transmission Mediap. 128
Ethernetp. 137
Token Ringp. 169
FDDIp. 183
Summaryp. 190
Related RFCsp. 190
Additional Resourcesp. 190
5 WAN Internetworking Technologiesp. 191
A Brief History of the PSTNp. 192
Digital Carrier Systemsp. 198
ISDNp. 219
PSTN Packet- and Cell-Switched Networksp. 229
Data-Link Framingp. 245
Summaryp. 250
Related RFCsp. 251
Additional Resourcesp. 251
6 Network Switchesp. 253
The Need for Network Switchingp. 253
Switching Fundamentalsp. 254
The Types of Bridgesp. 255
Bridging Functionalityp. 257
Layer 2 LAN Switching Fundamentalsp. 268
Layer 2 LAN Switching Services for Layer 3p. 282
ATM Switchesp. 292
Summaryp. 303
Related RFCsp. 304
Additional Resourcesp. 304
7 Introduction to Cisco Routersp. 305
Cisco Router Hardwarep. 306
Memory on Cisco Routersp. 308
Talking to Your Cisco Router (Through the Console)p. 309
Cisco IOSp. 314
Configuring Your Router with [copy] and TFTPp. 326
Basic Cisco Router Configurationp. 331
Disaster Recoveryp. 346
Setting the Bootstrap Behaviorp. 346
Upgrading Your Router's IOSp. 350
Configuring the Router's Clockp. 356
IOS Message Loggingp. 359
Setting Up Buffered Loggingp. 360
Setting Up Trap Loggingp. 361
IOS Authentication and Accountingp. 365
Summaryp. 376
Related RFCsp. 377
Additional Resourcep. 377
8 TCP/IP Dynamic Routing Protocolsp. 379
An Introduction to General Routing Concepts and Termsp. 380
TCP/IP Static Routingp. 393
TCP/IP Interior Gateway Protocolsp. 396
TCP/IP Exterior Gateway Protocolsp. 414
Summaryp. 419
Related RFCsp. 419
Additional Resourcesp. 419
9 Advanced Cisco Router Configurationp. 421
Access Control Listsp. 421
Policy Routingp. 439
Gateway Redundancyp. 441
Network Address Translationp. 445
Cisco Tunnelingp. 450
Cisco Router Wide Area Interface Configurationp. 454
Summaryp. 479
Related RFCsp. 480
Additional Resourcesp. 481
10 Configuring IP Routing Protocols on Cisco Routersp. 483
Choosing the Right Protocolp. 484
Route Selectionp. 486
Displaying General Routing Informationp. 486
Managing Static Routingp. 492
Configuring Dynamic IGP and EGP IP Routing Protocolsp. 500
Route Control and Redistributionp. 547
Summaryp. 556
Related RFCsp. 557
Additional Resourcesp. 557
11 Network Troubleshooting, Performance Tuning, and Management Fundamentalsp. 559
Network Analysis and Performance Tuningp. 560
Developing Troubleshooting Skillsp. 588
Network Management Fundamentalsp. 591
SNMPp. 597
Summaryp. 626
Related RFCsp. 627
Additional Resourcesp. 628
A Binary Conversion Tablep. 629