No previous knowledge of data communications and related fields is required for understanding this text. It begins with the basic components of telephone and computer networks and their interaction, centralized and distributive processing networks, Local Area Networks (LANs), Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), the International Standards Organization (OSI) Management Model, network devices that operate at different layers of the OSI model, and the IEEE 802 Standards. This text also introduces several protocols including X.25, TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, NetBEUI, AppleTalk, and DNA. The physical topologies, bus, star, ring, and mesh are discussed, and the ARCNet, Ethernet, Token Ring, and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) are described in detail. Wiring types and network adapters are well covered, and a detailed discussion on wired and wireless transmissions including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is included. An entire chapter is devoted to the various types of networks that one can select and use for his needs, the hardware and software required, and tasks such as security and safeguarding data from internal and external disasters that the network administrator must perform to maintain the network(s) he is responsible for. Two chapters serve as introductions to the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and Remote Monitoring (RMON). This text includes also five appendices with very useful information on how computers use numbers to condition and distribute data from source to destination, and a design example to find the optimum path for connecting distant facilities. Each chapter includes True-False, Multiple-Choice, and problems to test the reader's understanding. Answers are also provided.No previous knowledge of data communications and related fields is required for understanding this text.
|Author||:||Steven T. Karris|
|Publisher||:||Orchard Publications - 2009-01-01|