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Guide to Networking Essentials 7th Edition

Greg Tomsho

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  • ISBN-10: 1337243051
  • ISBN-13: 9781337243056
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  • ISBN-10: 1305105435
  • ISBN-13: 9781305105430
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GUIDE TO NETWORKING ESSENTIALS provides students with both the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to work with network operating systems in a network administration environment. By focusing on troubleshooting and computer networking technologies, this book offers a comprehensive introduction to networking and to advances in software, wireless and network security. Challenge Labs and Hands-On Projects are directly integrated in each chapter to allow for a hands-on experience in the classroom. Updated content reflects the latest networking technologies and operating systems including new Ethernet standards, cloud computing, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and recent Linux distributions.

Greg Tomsho, Yavapai College

Greg Tomsho is director of the Computer Networking Technology Department and Cisco Academy at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. He has earned the CCNA, MCTS, MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, Server+ and Linux+ certifications. A former software engineer, technical support manager and IT director, he has more than 30 years of computer and networking experience. He has written numerous other leading books, including MCSA GUIDE TO INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012/R2, MCSA GUIDE TO ADMINISTERING MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012/R2, MCSA GUIDE TO CONFIGURING ADVANCED MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2012/R2 SERVICES, Guide to Operating Systems, MCTS GUIDE TO WINDOWS SERVER 2008 ACTIVE DIRECTORY CONFIGURATION, MCTS GUIDE TO MICROSOFT WINDOWS SERVER 2008 APPLICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE CONFIGURATION, GUIDE TO NETWORKING ESSENTIALS, GUIDE TO NETWORK SUPPORT AND TROUBLESHOOTING and A+ COURSEPREP EXAMGUIDE.
  • By focusing on troubleshooting, students are prepared for professional challenges faced in the industry.
  • Extensive learning tools, such as chapter summaries, review questions, and key terms are included to help students practice skills as they learn them.
  • Coverage of the latest operating systems in addition to advances in software, wireless and security provide students with the most up-to-date material.
  • Hands-On Activities, Case Projects and Challenge Labs help students apply what they have learned, as well as train students use networking technology on the job.
  • Simulations and Drag-and-drop exercises in the Student Companion Site help students grasp difficult networking concepts.

Guide to Networking Essentials


1. Introduction to Computer Networks.
2. Network Hardware Essentials.
3. Network Topologies and Technologies.
4. Network Media.
5. Network Protocols.
6. IP Addressing.
7. Network Reference Models and Standards.
8. Network Hardware in Depth.
9. Introduction to Network Security.
10. Wide Area Networking and Cloud Computing.
11. Network Operating System Fundamentals.
12. Network Management and Administration.
13. Troubleshooting and Support.

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.


Instructor's Companion Web Site

ISBN: 9781305105447
Everything you need for your course in one place! This collection of product-specific lecture and class tools is available online via the instructor resource center at You'll be able to access and download materials such as PowerPoint presentations, images, instructor’s manual, videos, and more.

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ISBN: 9781305109261
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.