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Cisco Networking Simplified by Jim Doherty, Paul Della Maggiora

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Introduction

Welcome and thank you for taking a look at this book! Unlike that vast array of networking books written by geeks for geeks, we have written this book for you and for anyone wanting to understand the computer-networking phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. We understand that the vast majority of people working in this industry are not networking experts and that it is difficult to understand complex technical and business issues before knowing the answers to such questions as, “How does the web work?,” “What is a router?,” and “What is an IP address?”

Whether you are a home computer user who has just purchased a broadband Internet connection or a company executive who wants to understand what your IT staff is talking about, ...

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