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How Networks Work (7th Edition) 7th Edition
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It allowed me to be able to understand networking problems and opportunities that affect my business. Before I read this book, I was not able to intelligently make purchase decisions about technical equipment or services that my IT department would recommend.
Since reading this book, I can now hide the fact that I am not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to technology. ;-)
Beginners are its primary audience. Hence, it is understandable that advanced learners are often pissed-off by its rather elementary lacklustre approach to relatively complex issues. Still, this seventh edition did a good job in explaining how high-speed networks are revolutionizing businesses and entertainments.
Using easy-to-follow presentations and narrations, the author of "How Networks Work" unmasked the mysteries shrouding both client and server hardwares. The same treatment applies to network operating systems, LANs and WANs, as well as DSL and ISDN connections. It also dealt with all the basics of business/enterprise network requirements and maintainance: including broadband, routers, integration, encryption, and security concerns.
In a nutshell, this book parades all the essential ingredients, which any newbie would need in order to gain solid foundation in computer networking and security.
I really hooked-up with this book that I finished reading it cover to cover, 2 times, in 3 days.
Even so, this book provide only basic and rough idea. But is sufficient for anybody who just want to get to know what networking is all about.
I'm looking forward to the collections of Frank J Derfler, Jr's articles in PC Magazine. (Is it already available?)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good for the historical overview parts. Fairly short and shallow coverage of most topics. Real problem that it's 10 years out of date.Published on July 24, 2014 by Craig Dyni
The book is becoming a bit dated but the layout, readability of the text, and the content were spot on. The condition of the book was super-excellent. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Dale Schmeltz
Great book if you want to learn about computer and computer programming, it lets you understand how things work and how you can do this stuff yourselfPublished on July 8, 2013 by Aspiring Artist and Designer
Read thru this prior to my interview with a networking company. Really helped get the terms in my head and the visual explanations are really helpful to every single beginner as... Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by A. Jain
Great VISUAL Reference Book on the subject. Great visual treatment of the various facets of networking. Excellent reference for the price. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by J. L.
How Networks Work explains about networks broadly with full-color illustrations. This book doesn't only focus on the mechanism of networks, but it also explains the history of... Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by K. Itabashi