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Your first step into the world of computer networking
Your first step to computer networking begins here!
Welcome to the world of networking!
Networking and the Internet touch our lives in untold ways every day. From connecting our computers together at home and surfing the net at high speeds to editing and sharing digital music and video, computer networking has become both ubiquitous and indispensable.
No experience needed!
Computer Networking First-Step explains the basics of computer networking in easy-to-grasp language that all of us can understand. This book takes you on a guided tour of the core technologies that make up network and Internet traffic. Whether you are looking to take your first step into a career in networking or are interested in just gaining a conversational knowledge of the technology, this book is for you!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Computer Networking first-step (ISBN 1-58720-101-1),
This review is from: Computer Networking First-Step (Paperback)Computer Networking first-step (ISBN 1-58720-101-1)
by: Wendall Odom
This book is very deceiving by the title. Computer Networking first-steps. At first glance you think this book is for people that have never been involved with this topic. However reading this book quickly dissolves your negative thoughts. I was really quite surprised at the detail presented in this book at a very easy to understand level. It can be used as a new learner book or an expert review book on the topic. The books author Wendell Odom is a very knowledgeable person with a gift of being able to present complicated material in layman terms and the author of a few other great titles. I'm impressed with his writing style and methods, I used his CCNA book a few years ago for my CCNA test, I recently read his DQOS book for another test I took, which is one of the reasons I chose this book to use as a review guide
Why should you read this book? I have a few reasons. First I let my... Read more
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Network Introduction for the Whole Family,
This review is from: Computer Networking First-Step (Paperback)In addition to my regular network engineering job, I am also a networking instructor at a local university branch campus. As such, I am always on the lookout for good analogies I can use in the networking courses I teach. When you explain networking to beginners, you really have to step back to the first principles ever so often, in order to make sure you have the basic in your head, as well as the complex. For this reason, I decided to check out Computer Networking First-Step (ISBN 1-58720-101-1) from Cisco Press. The first thing I noticed when I picked up the book was the author. I first discovered Wendell Odom a few years ago when I was recertifying my CCNA certification. I like how he uses examples and humor to explain concepts and has an easy, conversational style to his writing which makes it easy to read. With a lot of technical authors, reading their books can seem like a job, but not with Odom. I recommend everything he's written.
The book itself is... Read more
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Verbose & Off Purpose,
This review is from: Computer Networking First-Step (Paperback)In my opinion, there are way too many non-computer analogies. Odom seems to be writing for readers who are either young children or have never used a computer.
One Example from page 146: "Tale of Two Trunking Protocols: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... whoops, wrong tale! Once upon a time, no VLAN trunking existed. So, Cisco created..." This should have been written: "Brief Trunking Protocol History: In the mid 1980s there was no VLAN trunking. So, Cisco created..."
Another typical example from page 38: "Now imagine that you brought a new lamp. You plug it in, and the light bulb instantly 'pops,' indicating that the light bulb is broken. You put in a new bulb and it doesn't light up. You decide that the lamp must be broken, so you bring it back to the store and replace it with an identical lamp. When you get it home, the same things happens to this lamp. Finally, you call customer service and explain your problem. Now imagine... Read more
From IEEE Communications Magazine (Click "Book Reviews")
I. NETWORKING BASICS.
II. RUNNING THE LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF (NETWORK) TRANSPORTATION.
III. SHIPPING AND LOGISTICS: COMMERCE USING THE (NETWORK) ROADWAYS.
IV. NAVIGATING THE ROADWAYS TO FIND THE RIGHT STREET ADDRESS.
V. BUILDING AN INTERSTATE (INTER-LAN) HIGHWAY SYSTEM.
VI. SECURING THE NETWORK.
Download - 504 KB -- Chapter 4: How to Build a Local (Network) Roadway
Download - 232 KB -- Index
Download the sample pages (includes Chapter 4 and Index)
Errata -- 23.5 KB
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