First-Step Series

Part of the Network Technology Product Family

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The first step for any beginner into the world of computer networking

  • Provides beginners and new networking professionals with a basic foundation on various networking topics
  • Delivered in an accessible, easy-to-understand writing style—no previous experience or knowledge is required
  • Leverages the expertise of Cisco Systems® to deliver authoritative books on today's core networking topics, unmatched information on networking issues

What is the First-Step Series?
Voice over IP First-Step First-Step Series books provide an introduction to today's core networking topics, including network security, wireless networks, routing, LAN switching, and network administration.

The First-Step Series assumes that readers have no previous experience with the networking technology discussed. Additionally, with expanded explanations and examples, the tone and breadth of the coverage caters to individuals who are new to a topic. By using this editorial approach, the First-Step Series provides readers with a basic foundation on which they can build their knowledge.

Book elements such as chapter objectives, chapter summaries, chapter reviews, case studies, and glossaries are found in all First-Step titles.

Who should read First-Step books?
Primarily, the First-Step Series targets individuals interested in exploring networking topics, as a first step toward becoming a network professional. The series is also relevant for established networking professionals interested in broadening their core competencies. This group might include individuals interested in exploring emerging networking topics, such as wireless networks. Finally, the First-Step Series is of value to individuals within the technology or networking industry who are not networking professionals (sales and marketing personnel, customer service representatives, consultants, etc.), yet need a basic understanding of networking concepts.

Who writes First-Step books?
Cisco Press has recruited leading authors and teachers of introductory-level networking topics to write the First-Step Series books. These respected authors bring years of experience, and are regarded as leading educators in the networking field. They combine expertise in teaching, writing, and networking, to provide a learning experience that is clear and concise.

How does the First-Step Series relate to the Fundamentals Series?
First-Step Series titles are entry-level titles that assume no previous experience and provide the foundation necessary to move into the next level in the Network Technology product family, the Fundamentals Series.