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Networking All-in-One For Dummies 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1118380987
ISBN-10: 1118380983
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From the Back Cover

Handling a network? This one handy book covers all the essentials you need to know!

If you're in charge of a network, here's all the basic information you need to get it up and running and keep it, and your users, happy. Neatly divided into self-contained minibooks so you can quickly find what you need, this new edition covers the latest on mobile networking, Windows Server 2012, security, and much more, in one convenient package!

  • Networking 101 — if you're new to networking, here's an overview of standards, hardware, network operating systems, and other essentials
  • Get started — create a plan, install the hardware and operating system, configure Windows, and explore VMWare®
  • Administrative tasks — keep software updated, manage user accounts, and implement solid security
  • Internet access — learn the ins and outs of TCP/IP
  • Skip the wires — set up, secure, and troubleshoot a wireless network
  • Smartphone smarts — safely manage iPhones, iPads, Android phones, BlackBerry devices, and netbooks on your network
  • Serving up servers — learn about the latest version of Windows Server 2012, IIS Web Server, Exchange Server 2010, and others
  • Love Linux — all about installing, managing, and configuring Linux for networking

Open the book and find:

  • Network protocols and standards
  • How virtualization technologies help manage servers
  • The five most common network bottlenecks
  • All about DHCP and DNS
  • Security tips for wireless networks
  • How to configure VPN access
  • What Active Directory® does for you
  • Basic Linux network configuration

9 books in 1

  • Networking Basics
  • Building a Network
  • Network Administration and Security
  • TCP/IP and the Internet
  • Wireless Networking
  • Mobile Networking
  • Windows Server® 2012 Reference
  • Using Other Windows Servers
  • Managing Linux Systems

About the Author

Doug Lowe is an IT director who has been managing corporate networks for more than 20 years. He has written more than 50 books that demystify everything from Microsoft Office to client/server computing to creating web pages. Among them is the perennial bestseller Networking For Dummies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 5 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118380983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118380987
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Henri De Feraudy on January 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In general this is a pretty useful way of getting into the subject.
Unlike many Dummies books the author doesnt overwork the sick jokes department, and the text reads like a breeze for beginners (well semi-beginners) like me.
The Kindle edition is quite readable and the diagrams come across ok.

I just want to point out that the text is sometimes confusing and I will give an example.
In chapter 3 the author goes to pains to distinguish between hubs and switches. Then he introduces the notion of daisy chaining swiches together and says "You can daisy chain no more than three switches together". On the very same line he writes "If you have more computers
than 3 hubs can accommodate, don't panic. For a small additional cost, you can purchase hubs that have a BNC connection on the back. Then
you can string the hubs together using thinnet cable. The three hub limit doesnt apply when you use thinnet cable to connect the hubs."

Hey wait on, Mr Lowe, you've just taken the pain to explain that hubs and switches are different, and then you go off in a paragraph using the terms in an almost interchangeable way.
Either that's a typo, or sime cut and paste mistake or very clumsy writing. In any case it leads to confusion and the editor ought to have caught sight of it.
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If you feel overwhelmed by the subject of networking and don't know where to start, this is not a bad place. The nine mini-books contained in this all-in-one do a pretty good job of introducing the various subtopics in this very broad field. Some subjects are covered in more depth than others. I especially appreciated the chapter on Network Standards and Protocols and the mini-book on TCP/IP and the Internet. Some of the troubleshooting tips I thought were pretty lame.

I am not generally one to buy dummies books. I don't like the way they tend to waste my time with silly jokes. Nonetheless, this book has been useful to give a gentle introduction to a complex and highly technical subject area. Now I know enough of the basics and terminology to proceed elsewhere with my studies. This book is not a keeper for me.
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I purchased this book because I wanted to learn how to set up a VPN network on windows or Linux. I did not find this information. Instead, half of the book teaches very basic windows network features like connecting to a lan or to WiFi or sharing files over the Network and the other half is very elaborate stuff about TCP/IP which I found interesting but it wasn't explained thoroughly enough for me to understand, it was covering fundamentals too quickly such as subnets, zones etc.
Don't get me wrong, there are interesting topics covered for the novice but they are not properly taught.
I now have to get another book to continue learning about the subject the right way.
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If you want Windows networking info, then this book is probably fine. But if you're wanting to learn Unix, Linux, etc., then not so much. The book sort of pretends to cover all flavors, but in actuality, very little info is here for anything other than Windows. Although there are chapters and specific cases citing Windows, nearly all the generic information is also about Windows ONLY.
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Since I began reading this "NOVEL" as one could put it, I have been awestruck by its basic layout and superb descriptions of everything you wanted to know about networking but were afraid to ask. My job which deals with training operators, engineers, and technicians on DCS equipment and networking of other systems to them, and being able to tie the system to HMI's which are laptop and desktop PC's with windows server 8 and windows 7 thorugh networking applications.

This I highly recommend for the beginner networker who wants to know the "Straight up" on the "Whole 9 yards" of networks. I can't say enough about the material and it's clarity on ALL the topics!!
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This is a thick book and it took me quite some time to get through it all.
What's nice is that I was able to skip sections that didn't pertain to me and not feel lost.
Great background information to help me with work as well as a thing or two I could use around the house.
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This book is massive in scope and in composition, but is written so that even the biggest dummy can reap the knowledge it has on its pages. I am a Network Security college student and I consider this book to be the glue that holds so many of the concepts I have learned together, and simplifies them when I just don't get the point of why I'm learning what I'm learning. This book comes recommended by my instructors and I echo their sentiments. Just be aware that this is no substitute for formal certification test review.
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I'd like to recommend this product to people who know nothing about Networks and are looking to familiarize themselves with the Windows side of things. However for me that was not a plus as I work with Linux, all in all the book is pretty poorly executed, I feel like the author talks like a child and has a hard time getting to the point, I'll probably end up selling my copy and getting a NET + book.
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