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The All-New Switch Book: The Complete Guide to LAN Switching Technology Hardcover – August 18, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0470287156 ISBN-10: 0470287152 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470287152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470287156
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The much-anticipated update to the bestselling book on LAN switching

Since the publication of the first edition of The Switch Book seven years ago, LAN switching has witnessed significant changes, particularly in the areas of network layers, Ethernet, fast Ethernet, segmenting LANs, layer 3 switching, layer 4 switching, and multi-layer switching, to name just a few. With this updated guide, you'll discover the latest capabilities of LAN switches and get in-depth coverage of the abstract engineering principles behind switch operations in addition to the practical application of those principles in commercial products.

Coauthored by an innovator who has been at the forefront of networking technology for more than two decades, this unique resource begins by laying the foundation of the core technologies underlying LAN switch design, including network architecture, addressing, LAN technology, and LAN standards. Building on those fundamentals, the book goes on to investigate the many advanced features, as well as the possibilities, that exist in modern switches. From there, you'll dive into the technical details of transparent bridges as they are used between similar and dissimilar technologies. You'll learn that, along with the performance advantages that are offered by switches, comes an increase in features, options, and complexity.

With more than forty percent new and updated material, this second edition of The All-New Switch Book explains:

  • The problems of link congestion that arise from the deployment of LAN switches

  • How switches and end stations can use a group of independent LAN segments as if they were a single link

  • Security concerns that environments need to be aware of, and how to prevent attacks

  • The concepts and operation of source routing in both end stations and bridges

  • The various uses for Virtual LANs (VLANs) as well as the key concepts employed by devices that implement VLAN capability

About the Author

Rich Seifert is President of Networks & Communications Consulting. He has contributed to the design of a wide range of products including LAN switches.

Jim Edwards is a Nortel Networks certified support specialist specializing in network architecture, specifically switching, and virtual private networks. Working in the Premium Support Group consisting of Nortel's largest Enterprise customers, he has extensive experience with switching technologies.

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This is one of my favorite technical books.
olpcuser
It is very well written, easy to understand, nicely explained with good figures.
meowfast
This book is certainly a "must have" for network engineers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Bratthall on January 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased the book in order to select a single, but higly capable switch. Did I get to know everything I needed in order to do the purchase? Definitely. Do you need about 800 pages to do this? Not really, if you have studied communication systems at university level.

The book is well written, no doubt. The author understands what is difficult in making a high performance switch, and how different features interact. Furthermore, the book deals with a multitude of standard, technologies, so that the the manager of a larger net better can understand, troubleshoot and plan his network.

This book is definitely too much for the person wanting to know what a switch is. That is not the audience. I can recommend the book for the network professional, especially for those who start as practitioners, and need a better theoretical underpinning. I do not meen 'formal language' theoretical, but who wants to understand the 'why is it like this' in switching technology.

The only reason I do not give it 5 stars, is that the book covers more than many users ever will need. The authors do explain challenging concepts in a good way, so if you like me really want to get it - get this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Parrish on December 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I love this book. It's well organized, an entertaining treatment of complex concepts, and a great way to get up to speed on how switches work within the context of recent history and the various standards.

But I've found what seems to me like an excessive number of typos in this new book. Mine is labeled as a Second Edition on the copyright page, but the little countdown numbers (which I think show the printing) go all the way from 10 down to 1 (so maybe it's a first printing).

They give an email to send errata to (and I've sent several - a quick check on outlook shows 7) and nobody has ever responded, so I'm not sure if they are really interested in fixing the problems or not.

In some cases, there were diagrams that were correct in the original book (at least the "books 24/7" version we have available online here), but are incorrect in the new book. (For example fig 9-8 on p. 376 has the Aggregator recieve queue (on the right) labeled as an Aggregator Transmit queue. Similar errors on page 372 and 373 in the Link Aggregation stuff. It looks like when they went to update to the new book, they failed to get the latest graphics files from the old book. There are also several internal references that don't match.

There are also section number references that are wrong (Page 36 has a reference to section 1.1.7.3 that should be 1.1.9.3, for example)

As far as I can tell, none of the typos are *real* serious, but I found the diagram errors (which went wrong from the original book) particularly troubling, as well as the lack of response from their email support address.

Apparently this review triggered a sideband contact to the author, who emailed me about the errors. Email was apparently piled up on the errata email address. They are working to make the corrections.
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All-new Switch Book discuss features of switches, switch management and layer 2 security in comprehensive form. Many popular switch Architectural features(port mirroring, switch input/outpu flow, switch mirroring, RMON) are explained with easy-to-follow flow graphs. Also comparisons on shared LANs and switches are made through each chapter; each in various environmental contexts from edge to core. Attacks such as ARP spoofing, DHCP attacks,and man-in-the-middle attacks are mentioned without going into too much depth.

There is even a chapter on Network Troubleshooting that goes beyond layer 2 to discuss operational management of systems that extend to higher layers of the OSI. The last chapter, Make the Switch, brings together concepts mentioned in earlier chapters and provides design suggestions that a hardware designer may glean over. All-new-Switch books is recommened for those who have at least 3 years experience with enterprise switching or a Cisco certified specialist. It is not recommmended as a learner's book since the level of detail sometimes extends into switch design.
There is a lot of repetition of concepts but it's worthwhile learning.
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By Walter Meyer on July 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Well written and explained clearly. If you want to understand the principles and history behind switch operation get this book--it is the best I've found on the topic thus far.

If you are new to networking you may want to read something like the TCP/IP Guide first then move onto this book. The former spends more time discussing basic concepts of networking structured around the OSI model which is a more gentle and pertinent introduction for beginners.
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