You generally can't pick up knowledge of Cisco products casually, the way you can learn about Microsoft Windows, Unix, and other products that are more generally accessible. For this reason, Cisco: A Beginner's Guide
performs a valuable service. It introduces internetworking novices to the language and fact base that underlie routers, switches, network protocols, and the rest of the Internet's infrastructure. True enough, no book can teach you everything you need to know about a subject as complex as internetworking, but this one does a great job of giving you the background you need to perform well in a class or do hands-on experiments intelligently.
The book goes heavy on prose, enabling you to slowly absorb the truth about complex systems as the author lays a foundation of knowledge and then builds upon it. Conceptual diagrams help drive home relationships among network devices, though the blueprints in the center of the book suffer from being split down the middle by the book's binding--foldouts would have been far better. This is a superb book, though, one of the best around on internetworking with Cisco. It would make an excellent first purchase for a future Cisco expert or a fine "fundamentals" reference for more accomplished network engineers. --David Wall
Topics covered: Internetworking from a theoretical standpoint, backed up by information on how Cisco products handle implementation (meaning, in part, that you get information on which Cisco lines and models are good for which jobs). Technically, readers get the goods on Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS), routers, switches, routing protocols, and security. There's great information on the pantheon of Cisco certifications too.
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From the Back Cover
Learn the essentials of Cisco technology
Get started using Cisco products and technologies with help from this easy-to-use guide. Work with routers and switches as well as the latest wireless solutions and storage tools. You’ll also get full details on network security, including firewalls and intrusion detection methods. Plus, the book includes information on Cisco certifications to help you with your career path. A completely revised and updated best-seller, this is the ideal introductory resource for anyone interested in internetworking and Cisco technologies.
- Work with Cisco’s Internet technologies
- Get an overview of Cisco certifications
- Configure Cisco routers and implement routing protocols
- Design a switched network topology
- Secure your network using the Cisco PIX firewall and other methods
- Use the latest wireless solutions including the Cisco Aironet series
- Implement Cisco SAN and CDN solutions
- Manage and troubleshoot Cisco networks
Anthony T. Velte, CISSP, MCSE+I, CCDA, is co-founder of Velte Publishing, Inc. In addition to writing and publishing a variety of technology books, he has founded several companies and has led many large-scale network, security, and disaster recovery projects. Toby J. Velte, Ph.D., MCSE+I, CCNA, CCDA, is co-founder of Velte Publishing, Inc. Dr. Velte is an international, best-selling author of technology articles and books. He is a self-proclaimed techno-geek and has started several high-tech companies in the Minneapolis area.