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Overview

Knowing how to install, configure, and troubleshoot a computer network is a highly marketable and exciting skill. This book first introduces the fundamental building blocks that form a modern network, such as protocols, topologies, hardware, and network operating systems. It then provides in-depth coverage of the most important concepts in contemporary networking, such as TCP/IP, Ethernet, wireless transmission, and security. After reading the book and completing the end-of-chapter exercises, you will be prepared to select the best network design, hardware, and software for your environment. You will also have the skills to build a network from scratch and maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot an existing network. Finally, you will be well prepared to pass CompTIA’s (the Computing Technology Industry Association’s) Network+ certification exam. This book explains concepts logically and in a clear, approachable style. In addition, concepts are reinforced by real-world examples of networking issues from a professional’s standpoint. Each chapter opens with an On the Job story from a network engineer. These real-world examples, along with Hands-on Projects and Case Projects in each chapter, make this book a practical learning tool. The numerous tables and illustrations, along with the glossaries, appendices, and study questions make the book a valuable reference for any networking professional

Tamara Dean,

Tamara Dean has worked in the field of networking for nearly 20 years, most recently as a networking consultant, and before that, as the manager of Internet services and data center operations for a regional ISP. She has managed LANs at the University of Wisconsin and at a pharmaceutical firm, worked as a telecommunications analyst for the FCC, and cofounded a local radio station. Well-published in networking, she is the author of Guide to Telecommunications Technology, Network+ CoursePrep Study Guide, as well as several previous editions of Network+ Guide to Networks and CompTIA Network+ In Depth all published by Cengage Learning.
  • Full color content maps completely to the 2009 CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam, with in-depth coverage of all objectives.
  • On The Job stories at the beginning of each chapter provide a real-world context for the technology and concepts presented.
  • Network+ certification icons in the margins highlight all the materials related to the exam.
  • Features extensive learning tools, including Review Questions, Hands-On Projects, and Case Projects, which allow students to practice skills as they are learned.
  • Updates on wireless LANs/WANs, IPv6, wireless routers, VOIP, video over IP, virtualization, modified Hands-on Projects for use with Windows Vista clients and newer Linux clients, new “On The Job” vignettes
Chapter 1 - An Introduction to Networking.
Chapter 2 - Networking Standards and the OSI Model.
Chapter 3 - Transmission Basics and Networking Media.
Chapter 4 – Introduction to TCP/IP.
Chapter 5 - Topologies and Ethernet Standards.
Chapter 6 - Network Hardware.
Chapter 7 – WANs and Remote Connectivity.
Chapter 8 – Wireless Networking.
Chapter 9 –Network Operating Systems.
Chapter 10 - In-Depth TCP/IP Networking.
Chapter 11 – Voice, Video, and Data Convergence.
Chapter 12 - Network Security.
Chapter 13 - Troubleshooting Network Problems.
Chapter 14 - Ensuring Integrity and Availability.
Chapter 15 – Network Management.
Chapter Summary.
Key Terms.
Review Questions.
Hands-on Projects.
Case Projects.
Appendix A - Network+ Examination Objectives.
Appendix B - Network+ Practice Exam.
Appendix C - Visual Guide to Connectors.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

FOR INSTRUCTORS

Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781305093096
The Lab Manual contains more than 70 labs to provide students with additional hands-on experience and to help them prepare in detail for the Network+ Exam. The Lab Manual includes lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions.

Instructor's Companion Web Site

ISBN: 9781305091139
Everything you need for your course in one place. This collection of book-specific lecture and class tools is available online. Simply visit login.cengage.com and log in to access instructor-specific resources on the Instructor Companion Site. You’ll find the Instructor’s Manual, Solutions Manual, test creation tools, PowerPoint® Presentations, course syllabus, and figure files.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305108783
This flexible, online system allows you to author, edit, or manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions. Create multiple test versions in an instant. Deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

ExamConnection, 2 term (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305666351

FOR STUDENTS

Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781305093096
The Lab Manual contains more than 70 labs to provide you with additional hands-on experience and to help prepare you for the Network+ Exam. The Lab Manual includes lab activities, objectives, materials lists, step-by-step procedures, illustrations, and review questions.

ExamConnection, 2 term (12 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305666351