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Networking Essentials (3rd Edition) Hardcover – March 11, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0789749031 ISBN-10: 0789749033 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson IT Certification; 3 edition (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789749033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789749031
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Beasley is a professor and department head in the Engineering Technology program and Communications Technology program at New Mexico State University, where he teaches computer networking and many related topics. He is coauthor of Modern Electronic Communication, Ninth Edition and author of Networking, Second Edition

 

Piyasat Nilkaew is a network manager at New Mexico State University with more than fifteen years of experience in network management and consulting. He has extensive expertise in deploying and integrating multi-protocol and multi-vendor data, voice, and video network solutions.

 


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Highly recommend this text to those who are interested in getting their Network+ certification.
Francisco Ramos Zavala
This book has basic things we all may have known previously and yet digs into the newer information we need to grow our skill set.
Dennis Durst
One thing that is really cool about the book is that it comes with some nice companion content.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Being a software architect requires keeping up to speed with the hardware and networking options that are available. I decided to go with this textbook to brush up on networking.

This book is intended to get you up to speed to take the CompTIA's Network+ exam. Throughout the book the author lists the CompTIA Domain/Objective Number being covered in the chapter and which section you'll find it.

After a nice introduction to networking chapter the book digs into the details with chapters Physical Layer Cabling: Twisted Pair, Physical Layer Cabling: Fiber Optics, Wireless Networking, Interconnecting the LANs, Introduction to Router Configuration, Introduction to Switch Configuration, Routing Protocols, Internet Technologies: Out to the Internet, Troubleshooting, and Network Security.

One thing that is really cool about the book is that it comes with some nice companion content. There is a demo of the Cisco CCENT Mind Share Game, Wireshark example captures, Net-Challenge software, and samples of other certification guides.

To all the instructors that are considering using this book in their class, I think this is the perfect text to introduce networking. The chapters start by providing a chapter outline, define the objectives, list the key terms, and then provide a nice introduction to the topic.

At the end of each chapter there is a large set of questions and problems. There is also a section review and test your knowledge after each section. If your students take the time to complete these, they will really be driving home the chapter's material.

There are a ton of real production pictures, product specifications, diagrams, schematics, and screenshots that help to paint the full picture of the subject being covered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Howie Handles on December 4, 2012
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This was the best networking bought I've bought that covers all the essentials, from a-z. It won't make you a CCNA or MCITP, but it will certainly get you on that path, if one of those is your goal.

Certainly not the cheapest book I've ever bought, as its more of a text book for a traditional class, than the typical book I've purchased, but it really is worth it if I.T. is a career you're interested in.

I've worked in I.T. for the better part of ten years, and this really has filled in the gaps in my knowledge. Since I've done mostly contract work, you're rather limited in scope in what you're brought on a project for, even though you might touch pieces of different technology to do your job, you never learn enough in depth to become an expert of sorts, as you're focused on your tasks at hand. This book is something I wish I had earlier in my career, and would again advise those new to the field, or those who've been in the field, but feel that they don't have the fundamentals down pat.

Many employers now expect their I.T. pros to know more than just servers, or just desktops, or just WAN.

I would highly recommend this as part of your library. As a CCNP candidate, I had to swallow some pride to go back to what many would consider a beginner's book, but it really is more than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Ramos Zavala on April 22, 2013
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I'm working on my Network+ certification and a professor for one of my CIS classes strongly recommended this text as it was easy to understand and provided you the information you needed to know to pass the exam. And he was correct. This text is detailed and very easy to understand. Provides all the information you need to know to pass the Network+ certification and also has practice questions to keep that brain of yours thinking. Highly recommend this text to those who are interested in getting their Network+ certification. Also makes a great intro book into networking. Heck, I think I may even get the Kindle edition just because it's easier to carry around a lightweight Kindle device vs a book, I also like to read laying down.
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