From the Back Cover
With the capability to increase network traffic speeds by a factor of ten, Gigabit Ethernet technology is of critical importance to network engineers and administrators. With in-depth and hands-on knowledge from key contributors to the Gigabit Ethernet standard, Gigabit Ethernet Networking provides both the necessary context of the technology and advanced knowledge of its implementation. Network architects and engineers will find critical information on the fundamental issues that effect the deployment of Gigabit Ethernet technology. This comprehensive guide covers critical compatibility information for end stations, repeaters, switches, and routers in Gigabit Ethernet networks, transmission issues involving both copper and optical fiber physical layers, proven planning procedures that guide network engineers and architects in the installation and management of equipment used to implement Gigabit Ethernet, and more.