How Networks Work

How Networks Work

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How Networks Work is a stunning book, illustrated in full color, that takes readers through the inner-workings of network systems with simple explanations that avoid networking jargon.. The book begins by describing the basic principles of signaling and information packaging used in all systems and goes on to show how those principles work inside pieces of network equipment ranging from network interface cards to the Internet. This latest edition includes new technologies not covered in previous editions, including set top boxes, wireless palm, and more!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 233 pages
  • 204.2 x 255.5 x 11.9mm | 680.4g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 6th edition
  • colour illustrations
  • 0789727536
  • 9780789727534

Table of contents

I. Communicating by Wire.

1. How Telegraphs Work.
2. How Early Telephones Worked.
II. Mixing Computers and Telephones.

3. How Early Networks Worked.
4. How Early Communications Terminals Worked.
5. How Data Is Encoded.
6. How a Modem Works.
7. How a Remote Terminal Work.
8. How Serial Communication Works.
9. The PC As a Terminal.
10. How Broadband Works.
11. How Computer Telephony Integration Works.
III. Local Area Networks (LANs).

12. How Local Area Networks Work.
13. How Networking Operating Systems Work.
14. How Network Interface Cards Work .
15. How Network Cables Work .
16. How TCP/IP Works.
17. How Server-Based LANs Work.
18. How Peer-to-Peer Networks Work.
19. How Enterprise Network Systems Work.
IV. Links Between LANs.

20. How Routers, Switches, and Firewalls Work.
21. How Metropolitan Area Networks Work.
22. How Circuit-Switched Digital Networks Work.
23. How Packet-Switched Networks Work.
V. The Internet.

24. How Internet Connections Work.
25. How Network Security Works.
VI. Networks for e-Business.

26. How e-Business Infrastructure Works.
VII. Intertainment.

28. How Convergence Works.
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About Frank J. Derfler

Les Freed and Frank Derfler are a proven best-selling networking combination. In addition to authoring the wildly successful How Networks Work, Fourth Edition and Millennium Edition, they also wrote Get a Grip on Network Cabling, a success for Ziff Davis Press that is still being used in many college and technical school cabling classes as the coursebook. Frank is a Senior Networking Editor and Les is a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine, where they review the latest networking products and technology for the world's largest computer magazine.
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