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Computer Networking Illuminated

Author(s): Diane Barrett, Remington College
Todd King, SYS Consulting and Training, Inc.
  • ISBN-13: 9780763785918
  • Paperback    832 pages      © 2005
Price: $231.95 US List
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Computer Networking Illuminated provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the fundamental concepts, technologies, and applications of networks. Combining many years of professional and academic expertise, the authors have written an easy-to-understand text covering the basics of data communication, network topologies, protocols, security, routing and switching, naming and addressing, troubleshooting, and much more. Key concepts are reinforced by numerous Challenge Exercises, which allow students to gain hands-on experience with networking tools and utilities, and Challenge Scenarios, which help them pull together everything they’ve learned and apply their knowledge to real-world situations they’ll encounter in the workplace. With strong pedagogy throughout -- including many illustrations, step-by-step examples, and screen shots to convey important concepts -- the book is ideal for undergraduate networking courses or as a self-study guide.  

Features & Benefits

Real-World Focus:  The authors concentrate on best practices, applications, real-world concepts, and implementation strategies rather than taking a theoretical or overly-technical approach to the subject. Also included is instruction on use of common, popular tools and utilities.

Active Learning Approach:  The book is strongly focused on hands-on learning, and each chapter includes succinct learning objectives, Challenge Questions, Exercises, and Scenarios, and chapter summaries, allowing readers to build and reinforce key skills quickly.

Subject Expertise:  The author team has extensive teaching experience, numerous industry certifications, and significant professional experience in the world of networking, all of which contributes to the strong mix of theory and hands-on essentials evident in the book.

Comprehensive Coverage:  All important topics are covered in-depth, including the OSI model, TCP/IP and the related protocols, security, signaling and multiplexing, cabling and wiring, addressing, hardware, software, and administration.

Complete Supplements:  Instructor and Student supplements include PowerPoint™ presentations for each chapter, copies of figures, full statements of objectives for each chapter, alternative student projects, quizzes, chapter tests, comprehensive examinations for multiple chapters, and solutions to exercises.

Applicable Courses

This text is designed for first- and second-year students in introductory Networking courses.

Chapter 1: Data Communications

Chapter 2: Communication Networks

Chapter 3: Network Technologies

Chapter 4: Managing Multiple Access

Chapter 5: Switching

Chapter 6: Networking Protocols

Chapter 7: Naming and Addressing

Chapter 8: Routing

Chapter 9: Network Services and Applications

Chapter 10: Network Security

Chapter 11: Network Operations

Chapter 12: Network Administration and Support

Chapter 13: Network Troubleshooting

Appendix A: Online Networking Resources

Appendix B: Networking Standards

Appendix C: Binary Arithmetic and IP Address Calculation

Appendix D: IP Tools and Software

Diane Barrett-Remington College

Diane Barrett (MCSE on Windows 2000, MCSE +I on Windows NT 4.0, CISSP, CCNA, A+, Network+, i-Net+, and Security+) has been involved in the IT industry since 1993. She works at Remington College where she taught in the computer networking program for two years before becoming a director. She teaches online classes that include networking, security, and virus protection, and is the president of a security awareness corporation that specializes in training. Diane has co-authored several security and networking books, including MCSA/MCSE 70-299 Exam Cram 2: Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network (Que, 2004), and is currently volunteering on ISSA’s Generally Accepted Information Security Principles Project in the ethical practices working group.

Todd King-SYS Consulting and Training, Inc.

Todd King currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for SYS Consulting and Training, Inc., a Denver-based computer-consulting firm. He has specialized in several areas of networking, including network design, analysis, and security. Prior to starting SYS, Inc., Todd was in the United States Air Force as a survival instructor. He currently holds a B.S. in marketing from Florida State University and an A.A. Instructor of Technology and an A.A. in Survival and Rescue Operations from the Community College of the Air Force. His professional certifications include MCSE on Windows 2000, MCSE +Internet on NT 4, MCSA, MCT, CCNP, CCDP, CNX, A+, Net+, iNet+, CTT, and Security+.
  • “I just wanted to tell you that Computer Networking Illuminated is very well-written. Compared to many other books, this book is technically sound, thorough and very easy-to-understand. I will use this book in my networking class this year.”

    Dr. Rangadhar Dash, PhD, MS, MSE, MSCSE
    University of Texas, Austin